[Python-Dev] RFC: PEP 460: Add bytes % args and bytes.format(args) to Python 3.5

Juraj Sukop juraj.sukop at gmail.com
Sat Jan 11 00:40:28 CET 2014

On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM, Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov>wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Juraj Sukop <juraj.sukop at gmail.com>wrote:
>> As you may know, PDF operates over bytes and an integer or floating-point
>> number is written down as-is, for example "100" or "1.23".
> Just to be clear here -- is PDF specifically bytes+ascii?
> Or could there be some-other-encoding unicode in there?

>From the specs: "At the most fundamental level, a PDF file is a sequence of
8-bit bytes." But it is also possible to represent a PDF using printable
ASCII + whitespace by using escapes and "filters". Then, there are also
"text strings" which might be encoded in UTF+16.

What this all means is that the PDF objects are expressed in ASCII,
"stream" objects like images and fonts may have a binary part and I never
saw those UTF+16 strings.


The argument for dropping "%f" et al. has been that if something is a text,
then it should be Unicode. Conversely, if it is not text, then it should
not be Unicode.
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