[Python-Dev] PEP 461: Adding % formatting to bytes and bytearray -- Final, Take 2

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Sun Feb 23 12:33:52 CET 2014

On Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:56:50 -0800
Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> ``%a`` will call :func:``ascii()`` on the interpolated value's :func:``repr()``.
> This is intended as a debugging aid, rather than something that should be used
> in production.  Non-ascii values will be encoded to either ``\xnn`` or ``\unnnn``
> representation.

Why is "%a" here? I don't remember: was this discussed before?
"Intended as a debugging aid" sounds like a weak justification to me.



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