[Python-Dev] Python 3.0.1 (io-in-c)

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Jan 28 18:59:33 CET 2009

Paul Moore wrote:
> Hmm, I just checked and on Windows, it
> appears that sys.getdefaultencoding() is UTF-8. That seems odd - I
> would have thought the majority of Windows systems were NOT set to use
> UTF-8 by default...

In Python 3, sys.getdefaultencoding() is "utf-8" on all platforms, just
as it was "ascii" in 2.x, on all platforms. The default encoding isn't
used for I/O; check f.encoding to find out what encoding is used to
read the file you are reading.


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