[Python-ideas] Adding 'bytes' as alias for 'latin_1' codec.

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 13:50:20 CEST 2011

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:16 AM, Bill Janssen <janssen at parc.com> wrote:
> I like the deprecations you suggest, but I'd prefer to see a more
> general solution: the 'str' type extended so that it had two possible
> representations for strings, the current format and an "encoded" format,
> which would be kept as an array of bytes plus an encoding.  It would
> transcode only as necessary -- for example, the 're' module might
> require the current Unicode encoding.  An explicit method would be added
> to allow the user to force transcoding.
> This would complicate life at the C level, to be sure.  Though, perhaps
> not so much, given the proper macrology.

See PEP 393 - it is basically this idea (although the encodings are
fixed for the various sizes rather than allowing arbitrary encodings
in the 8-bit internal format).


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