[Python-Dev] PEP 383: Non-decodable Bytes in System Character Interfaces

James Y Knight foom at fuhm.net
Fri Apr 24 16:54:07 CEST 2009

On Apr 24, 2009, at 8:00 AM, Paul Moore wrote:
> However, it *does* agree with the reality of Windows file systems. The
> fundamental problem here is that there is a strong OS disparity - for
> Windows, the OS uses Unicode, for POSIX, the OS uses bytes.

It's unfortunately the case that this isn't *precisely* true. Windows  
uses arbitrary 16-bit sequences, just as unix uses arbitrary 8-bit  
sequences. Neither one is required by the operating system to be a  
proper unicode encoding. The main difference is that there is already  
a widely accepted way to decode a improperly-encoded 16-bit-sequence  
with the utf-16 codec: simply leave the lone surrogate pairs in place.


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