[Python-Dev] issue2180 and using 'tokenize' with Python 3 'str's

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Wed Sep 29 02:08:56 CEST 2010

On 29 Sep 2010, at 00:22, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:

>> I certainly wouldn't be opposed to an API that accepts a string as well
>> though.
> Notice that this can't really work for Python 2 source code (but of
> course, it doesn't need to).
> In Python 2, if you have a string literal in the source code, you need
> to know the source encoding in order to get the bytes *back*. Now,
> if you parse a Unicode string as source code, and it contains byte
> string literals, you wouldn't know what encoding to apply.
> Fortunately, Python 3 byte literals ban non-ASCII literal characters,
> so assuming an ASCII-compatible encoding for the original source is
> fairly safe.

The new API couldn't be ported to Python 2 •anyway•. As Nick pointed out, the underlying tokenization happens on decoded strings - so starting with source as Unicode will be fine. 


> Regards,
> Martin

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