[Python-Dev] PEP 460: allowing %d and %f and mojibake

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Jan 14 18:58:32 CET 2014

On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 7:59 AM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> Here's an example of what I mean:

I sent that off without proofreading, and I also got one detail about
asciistr() wrong. Here are some corrections.

> def spam(a):
>     r = asciistr('(')
>     if a: r += a.strip()
>     r += asciistr(')')
>     return r
> The argument must be a string.

Or a bytes object. And the point is that the return type should be the
same as the argument type.

> If I call spam(''),

or spam(b'')

> a's type is never concatenated with r, so the
> return value is an asciistr.

Actually, Nick explained that asciistr() + asciistr() returns str, so
this would be accidentally correct if called with '', but wrong
(returning a str instead of a bytes) if called with b''.

> To fix this particular case, we could
> drop the "if a:" part. But it could be more significant, e.g. it could
> be something like "if a contains any digits". The general fix would be
> to add
>     else: r += a[:0]
> but that's still an example of the awkwardness that asciistr() is
> trying to avoid.

This is still valid.

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

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