[Python-Dev] Dropping bytes "support" in json

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Wed Apr 8 13:10:21 CEST 2009


We're in the process of forward-porting the recent (massive) json updates to
3.1, and we are also thinking of dropping remnants of support of the bytes type
in the json library (in 3.1, again). This bytes support almost didn't work at
all, but there was a lot of C and Python code for it nevertheless. We're also
thinking of dropping the "encoding" argument in the various APIs, since it is

Under the new situation, json would only ever allow str as input, and output str
as well. By posting here, I want to know whether anybody would oppose this
(knowing, once again, that bytes support is already broken in the current py3k

The bug entry is: http://bugs.python.org/issue4136



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