[Python-Dev] Why does base64 return bytes?

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jun 14 12:29:12 EDT 2016

On 14/06/2016 16:51, Paul Moore wrote:
> On 14 June 2016 at 16:19, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
>> Why does base64 encoding in Python return bytes?
> I seem to recall there was a debate about this around the time of the
> Python 3 move. (IIRC, it was related to the fact that there used to be
> a base64 "codec", that wasn't available in Python 3 because it wasn't
> clear whether it converted bytes to text or bytes). I don't remember
> any of the details, let alone if a conclusion was reached, but a
> search of the archives may find something.
> Paul

As I've the time to play detective I'd suggest 

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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