[Python-Dev] bytes type discussion

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Feb 15 07:44:20 CET 2006

Fred L. Drake, Jr. wrote:

> The proper response in this case is often to re-start decoding 
> with the correct encoding, since some of the data extracted so far may have 
> been decoded incorrectly.

If the protocol has been sensibly designed, that shouldn't
happen, since everything up to the coding marker should
be ascii (or some other protocol-defined initial coding).

For protocols that are not sensibly designed (or if you're
just trying to guess) what you suggest may be needed. But
it would be good to have a nicer way of going about it
for when the protocol is sensible.


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