[Python-Dev] Python and the Unicode Character Database

Eric Smith eric at trueblade.com
Thu Dec 2 23:45:19 CET 2010

On 12/2/2010 5:43 PM, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> Eric Smith wrote:
>>> The current behavior should go nowhere; it is not useful. Something very
>>> similar to the current behavior (but done correctly) should go into the
>>> locale module.
>> I agree with everything Martin says here. I think the basic premise is:
>> you won't find strings "in the wild" that use non-ASCII digits but do
>> use the ASCII dot as a decimal point. And that's what float() is looking
>> for. (And that doesn't even begin to address what it expects for an
>> exponent 'e'.)
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark
> "In China, comma and space are used to mark digit groups because dot is used as decimal mark."

Is that an ASCII dot? That page doesn't say.

> Note that float() can also parse integers, it just returns them as
> floats :-)


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