[Python-Dev] from __future__ import unicode_strings?

Neil Schemenauer nas at arctrix.com
Thu Feb 16 03:49:11 CET 2006

On Thu, Feb 16, 2006 at 02:43:02AM +0100, Thomas Wouters wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 05:23:56PM -0800, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > >     from __future__ import unicode_strings
> > Didn't we have a command-line option to do this? I believe it was
> > removed because nobody could see the point. (Or am I hallucinating?
> > After several days of non-stop discussing bytes that must be
> > considered a possibility.)
> We do, and it's not been removed: the -U switch.

As Guido alluded, the global switch is useless.  A per-module switch
something that could actually useful.  One nice advantage is that
you would write code that works the same with Jython (wrt to string
literals anyhow).


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