[Python-ideas] Python 3000 TIOBE -3%
tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Feb 10 06:47:29 CET 2012
On 2/9/2012 11:30 PM, Matt Joiner wrote:
> Not true, it's necessary to understand that encodings translate to and
> from bytes,
Only if you use byte encodings for ascii text. I never have, and I would
not know why you do unless you are using internet modules that do not
sufficiently hide such details. Anyway...
>>> b = b'abc'
>>> u = str(b)
>>> b = bytes(u, 'ascii')
So one only needs to know one encoding name, which most should know
anyway, and that it *is* an encoding name.
> and how to use the API.
Give the required parameter, which is standard.
> In 2.x you rarely needed to know what unicode is.
All one *needs* to know about unicode, that I can see, is that unicode
is a superset of ascii, that ascii number codes remain the same, and
that one can ignore just about everything else until one uses (or wants
to know about) non-ascii characters. Since one will see 'utf-8' here and
there, it is probably to know that the utf-8 encoding is a superset of
the ascii encoding, so that ascii text *is* utf-8 text.
Terry Jan Reedy
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