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

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 10:40:28 CEST 2009

glyph at divmod.com wrote:
> On 03:21 am, ncoghlan at gmail.com wrote:
>> Given that json is a wire protocol, that sounds like the right approach
>> for json as well. Once bytes-everywhere works, then a text API can be
>> built on top of it, but it is difficult to build a bytes API on top of a
>> text one.
> I wish I could agree, but JSON isn't really a wire protocol.  According
> to http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4627.txt JSON is "a text format for the
> serialization of structured data".  There are some notes about encoding,
> but it is very clearly described in terms of unicode code points.

Ah, my apologies - if the RFC defines things such that the native format
is Unicode, then yes, the appropriate Python 3.x data type for the base
implementation would indeed be strings.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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