[Python-Dev] Import and unicode: part two

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Jan 24 05:07:45 CET 2011

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 6:33 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at xemacs.org> wrote:
> "Martin v. Löwis" writes:
>  > Actually, as long people only involve Windows, or only involve Mac,
>  > it will all work just fine. It's only when they use non-Mac Unix
>  > (such as Linux), or try to move files across systems using sub-prime
>  > technology (such as your typical Windows zip utility) they will run
>  > into problems.
> I believe that the kind of thing that Ishimoto-san has in mind is
> things like "smart cameras" that will upload your photos to your blog
> with one touch on the cameras screen and other "Web 2.0 for the rest
> of us" apps.  What with the popularity of Linux and *BSD for such
> sites, it's easy to imagine problems of the kind he describes
> occurring between those (which will probably be using Shift JIS in
> Japan) apps and the websites.

Really? I would have thought that cell phones have long been the
platforms most supportive of Unicode. IIRC Nokia's Python port to S60
*required* Unicode strings for all system interfaces. Android, using
Java, also is pretty much all Unicode inside. Am I naive to generalize
from these two examples?

(This is not meant as a rhetorical question -- I may well be missing
something and am genuinely curious about the answer.)

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)

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