[Python-Dev] Unicode support of the curses module in Python 3.3

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 12:44:47 CEST 2012

>> For example, if the Python curses module is not linked to libncursesw,
>> get_wch() is not available and addch("é") raises an OverflowError if
>> the locale encoding is UTF-8 (because "é".encode("utf-8") is longer
>> than 1 byte).
> OverflowError? That is very surprising. I wouldn't guess that calling
> addch could raise OverflowError.
> Could you use a less surprising exception, or at least make sure that
> it is clearly and obviously documented?

Which exception would you expect? ValueError? Another error?

I used the same exception for addch(int) and addch(str). addch(int)
already raises an OverflowError on Python 3.2 if the value doesn't fit
in a C long type (which may be bigger than chtype, Python 3.3 is more
strict), so applications don't need to be changed for the "new" error
(on addch(str)).


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