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

Thomas Breuel tmbdev at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 14:37:33 CEST 2009

> Yep, that's the problem. Lots of theoretical problems noone has ever
> encountered
> brought up against a PEP which resolves some actual problems people
> encounter on
> a regular basis.

How can you bring up practical problems against something that hasn't been

The fact that no other language or library does this is perhaps an
indication that it isn't the right thing to do.

But the biggest problem with the proposal is that it isn't needed: if you
want to be able to turn arbitrary byte sequences into unicode strings and
back, just set your encoding to iso8859-15.  That already works and it
doesn't require any changes.

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