[Python-Dev] I18N Toolkit

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Wed Nov 10 05:43:23 EST 1999

Andrew M. Kuchling <akuchlin at mems-exchange.org> wrote:
> I don't think that will be a problem, given that the Unicode engine
> would be a separate C implementation.  A bit of 'if type(strg) ==
> UnicodeType' in re.py isn't going to cost very much speed.

a slightly hairer design issue is what combinations
of pattern and string the new 're' will handle.

the first two are obvious:

    ordinary pattern, ordinary string
    unicode pattern, unicode string

but what about these?

    ordinary pattern, unicode string
    unicode pattern, ordinary string

"coercing" patterns (i.e. recompiling, on demand)
seem to be a somewhat risky business ;-)


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