[Python-ideas] [Python-Dev] Base-96

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sat Aug 2 03:56:05 CEST 2008

This sounds more like something to bring up in
python-ideas at python.org. Also, rather than being vague about the
motivation ("would be very interesting", you ought to think of a
realistic use case. For example, are there existing encodings of
binary data using base-96? I'm not aware of any.

On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 4:06 PM, Kless <jonas.esp at googlemail.com> wrote:
> I think that would be very interesting thay Python would have a module
> for working on base 96 too. [1]
> It could be converted to base 96 the digests from hashlib module, and
> random bytes used on crypto (to create the salt, the IV, or a key).
> As you can see here [2], the printable ASCII characters are 94
> (decimal code range of 33-126). So only left to add another 2
> characters more; the space (code 32), and one not-printable char
> (which doesn't create any problem) by last.
> [1] http://svn.python.org/view/python/trunk/Modules/binascii.c
> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO/IEC_8859-1

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