[Python-Dev] string to float containing whitespace

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Apr 29 23:17:32 CEST 2009

skip at pobox.com wrote:
> Someone please tell me I'm not going mad.  I could have sworn that once upon
> a time attempting to convert numeric strings to ints or floats if they
> contained whitespace raised an exception.  As far back as 1.5.2 it appears
> that float(), string.atof() and string.atoi() allow whitespace.  Maybe I'm
> thinking of trailing non-numeric, non-whitespace characters.

Maybe you remember truly *embedded* whitespace:

py> float("1. 3")
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ValueError: invalid literal for float(): 1. 3


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