[Python-Dev] please consider changing --enable-unicode default to ucs4

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Wed Oct 7 22:13:45 CEST 2009

Ronald Oussoren wrote:
> On 7 Oct, 2009, at 20:05, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>> If we do go for a change, we should use sizeof(wchar_t)
>> as basis for the new default - on all platforms that
>> provide a wchar_t type.
> I'd be -1 on that. Sizeof(wchar_t) is 4 on OSX, but all non-Unix API's
> that deal with Unicode text use ucs16.

Is that true for non-Carbon APIs as well ?

This is what I found on the web (in summary):

Apple chose to go with UTF-16 at about the same time as Microsoft did
and used sizeof(wchar_t) == 2 for Mac OS. When they moved to Mac OS X,
they switched wchar_t to sizeof(wchar_t) == 4.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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