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

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Wed Apr 8 17:51:29 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
> useless.
> 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
> trunk).



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