[Python-ideas] Python 3000 TIOBE -3%

Matt Joiner anacrolix at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 05:30:41 CET 2012

Not true, it's necessary to understand that encodings translate to and from
bytes, and how to use the API. In 2.x you rarely needed to know what
unicode is.
On Feb 10, 2012 12:22 PM, "Terry Reedy" <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:

> On 2/9/2012 2:16 PM, Giampaolo Rodolà wrote:
>  I bet a lot of people don't want to upgrade for another reason: unicode.
>> The impression I got is that python 3 forces the user to use and
>> *understand* unicode and a lot of people simply don't want to deal
>> with that.
> Do *you* think that? Or or you reporting what others think? In either
> case, we have another communication problem. If one only uses the ascii
> subset, the usage of 3.x strings is transparent. As far as I can think, one
> does not need to know *anything* about unicode to use 3.x. In 3.3, there
> will not even be a memory hit. We should be saying that.
> Thanks for the head's up. It is hard to know what misconceptions people
> have until someone reports them ;-).
>  In python 2 there was no such a strong imposition.
> Nor is there in 3.x. We need to communicate that. I may give it a try on
> python-list. If and when one does want to use more characters, it should be
> *easier* in 3.x than in 2.x, especially for non-Latin1 Western European
> chars .
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