[Python-Dev] cpython: Document PyUnicode_Copy() and PyUnicode_EncodeCodePage()

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Dec 11 23:44:50 CET 2011

Am 09.12.2011 20:32, schrieb Antoine Pitrou:
> On Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:51:14 +0100
> Victor Stinner <victor.stinner at haypocalc.com> wrote:
>> On 09/12/2011 01:35, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
>>> On Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:16:02 +0100
>>> victor.stinner<python-checkins at python.org>  wrote:
>>>> +.. c:function:: PyObject* PyUnicode_Copy(PyObject *unicode)
>>>> +
>>>> +   Get a new copy of a Unicode object.
>>>> +
>>>> +   .. versionadded:: 3.3
>>> I'm not sure I understand. Why would you make a copy of an immutable
>>> object?
>> PyUnicode_Copy() can be used to modify a string to create a new string 
>> with the same length. It is used for example by str.upper(), 
>> str.title(), ... (fixup()).
> Then the doc should mention that the returned string can be modified.
> Otherwise it's a bit obscure why the function exists.

I'm skeptical about this modification part. If you make a copy, it's
not clear at all that the new characters that you put in will fit
in range with the width of the unicode string. Even decreasing the
ordinal of a character may be incorrect as the result may not be
canonical anymore.


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