[Python-Dev] readd u'' literal support in 3.3?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Fri Dec 9 03:53:55 CET 2011

Are you saying that with that future import, b"..." is still a Unicode

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Lennart Regebro <regebro at gmail.com> wrote:

> "from future import unicode_literals" is my fault. I'm sorry. It's
> pretty useless. It was suggested by somebody and I then supported it's
> adding, instead of allowing u'' which I suggested. But it doesn't
> work.
> One reason is that you need to be able to say "This should be str in
> Python 2, and binary in Python 3, that should be Unicode in Python 2
> and str in Python 3, and that over there should be str in both
> versions", and the future import doesn't support that.
> Adding u'' support solves the problem, but then again, so does having
> a b() and an u() method. I'm not sure of the utility of adding
> functionality to Python 3 that can be solved with six.
> //Lennart
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