International characters and Python's string functions on Linux
earlybird at mop.no
Sat Aug 7 04:28:35 CEST 1999
In article <Pine.LNX.4.04.9908061223110.24989-
100000 at emerald.netskate.ru>, phd at emerald.netskate.ru says...
> On Thu, 5 Aug 1999, John (Max) Skaller wrote:
> > Wrong. Python doesn't use C locale functions.
> What about
> import locale
> locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, "")
> ? With this, python supports locale without any problem.
Good idea, but:
Python 1.5.2 (#9, Jul 2 1999, 04:33:02) [GCC 2.8.1] on linux2
Copyright 1991-1995 Stichting Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam
>>> import locale
Traceback (innermost last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
File "/usr/local/lib/python1.5/locale.py", line 4, in ?
from _locale import *
ImportError: No module named _locale
This is Slackware Linux 2.2/libc6. Should I configure Python with some
kind of magic parameter for the locale stuff to work?
> > UTF-8 is,
> > in my opinion, the best option in Python today, since it
> I don't think so. UNICODE/UTF8 have not only advatntages, but some
> drawbacks too...
In general, UNICODE is great -- at least if we ignore the fact that it
doubles memory consumption, and in 99% of all cases with no particular
benefit to the application or the user.
But in the context of Zope, which is where I need the international
support right now, it's useless -- I doubt Zope can be easily tweaked to
use UNICODE what with all the string stuff in C assuming 8-bit character
Anyway, Latin 1 is perfectly capable of containing the characters I need,
so all this is academic -- I just need to expand the range of the
uppercase/lowercase constants, cleanly. The documentation warns against
modifying these directly. Unless somebody tells me this is safe, I want
to avoid it.
Alexander Staubo http://www.mop.no/~alex/
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