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

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Thu Apr 30 07:42:12 CEST 2009

> Thanks for clarifying the Windows behavior, here.  A little more
> clarification in the PEP could have avoided lots of discussion.  It
> would seem that a PEP, proposed to modify a poorly documented (and
> therefore likely poorly understood) area, should be educational about
> the status quo, as well as presenting the suggested change.  Or is it
> the Python philosophy that the PEPs should be as incomprehensible as
> possible, to generate large discussions?

Certainly not. See PEP 277 for a description of a specification of
how file names are handled on Windows.

Large discussions could be reduced if readers would try to
constructively comment on the PEP, rather than making counter-proposals,
or making statements about the PEP without making their implied
assumptions explicit.


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