[Python-Dev] UCS2/UCS4 default

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Jul 3 21:59:08 CEST 2008

M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> On 2008-07-03 19:44, Terry Reedy wrote:
>> The premise of this thread seems to be that the majority should suffer 
>> for the benefit of a few.  That is not Python's philosophy.
> In reality, most Unixes ship with UCS4 builds of Python. Windows
> and Mac OS X ship with UCS2 builds. Still, anyone is free to build
> their own favorite version - that's freedom of choice, which is good.
> Programmers just need to be made aware of the differences in UCS2
> and UCS4 builds and deal with it.
> Here's talk I've given many many times over the years which explains
> some of the details that a Python programmer needs to know when dealing
> with Unicode:
> http://www.egenix.com/files/python/PyConUK2007-Developing-Unicode-aware-applications-in-Python.pdf 
> Perhaps I should add a section on UCS2 vs. UCS4 the next time around ;-)
The indications are that would be helpful to many people (including myself).

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