[Python-Dev] urllib.quote and unquote - Unicode issues
janssen at parc.com
Wed Jul 30 21:49:06 CEST 2008
> > unquote() -- takes string, produces bytes or string
> > If optional "encoding" parameter is specified, decodes bytes with
> > that encoding and returns string. Otherwise, returns bytes.
> The default of returning bytes will break almost all uses. Most code
> will uses the unquoted result as a text string, not as bytes -- e.g. a
> server has to unquote the values it receives from a form (whether POST
> or GET), but almost always the unquoted values are text, e.g.
> someone's name or address, or a draft email message.
I actually do know a lot about the uses of this function...
But: OK, OK, I yield. Though I still think this is a bad idea, I'll
shut up if we can also add "unquote_as_bytes" which returns a byte
sequence instead of a string. I'll just change my code to use that.
> (Aside: I dislike functions that have a different return type based on
> the value of a parameter.)
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