[Python-Dev] UCS2/UCS4 default

Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven asmodai at in-nomine.org
Wed Jul 2 16:13:28 CEST 2008

Guido (and others of course),

back in 2001 you pointed out that you wanted to move to UCS4 completely as
the ideal situation
(http://mail.python.org/pipermail/i18n-sig/2001-June/001107.html) over the
current default UCS2.

Given 3.0 will use Unicode strings as the default, would it also not make
sense to make the switch at this point as well?

The current situation with UCS2 is particularly bad now that the CJK
ideographs Extension B. has been produced (and C is under ballot and D is
under development).

Personally I use nothing else but UCS4 compiled Python binaries for the past

See also http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0261/ for background for the
2001 options.

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