[Python-Dev] What does a double coding cookie mean?

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Mar 18 16:05:27 EDT 2016

On 17.03.2016 15:55, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 5:04 AM, Serhiy Storchaka <storchaka at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Should we recommend that everyone use tokenize.detect_encoding()?
>> Likely. However the interface of tokenize.detect_encoding() is not very
>> simple.
> I just found that out yesterday. You have to give it a readline()
> function, which is cumbersome if all you have is a (byte) string and
> you don't want to split it on lines just yet. And the readline()
> function raises SyntaxError when the encoding isn't right. I wish
> there were a lower-level helper that just took a line and told you
> what the encoding in it was, if any. Then the rest of the logic can be
> handled by the caller (including the logic of trying up to two lines).

I've uploaded the code I posted yesterday, modified to address
some of the issues it had to github:


I'm pretty sure the two-lines read can be optimized away and
put straight into the regular expression used for matching.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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