Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

John Baxter jwbaxter at
Tue Feb 11 09:04:08 CET 2003

In article <mailman.1044370330.6871.python-list at>,
 Francois Pinard <pinard at> wrote:

> [Roman Suzi]
> > Let's make -*- necessary for ASCII as well - and watch at the 
> > reaction of Python users ;)
> Yes, I know.  Similar examples abound.  Just one or two.  UTF-8 has been
> designed so ASCII is wholly undisturbed, and even then, many people who
> limit themselves to ASCII are reluctant to UTF-8.  Some people insist
> for American writing of dates to be ubiquitous.  The planetary aspect of
> computer communications is not yet fully granted for everybody! :-) Yet,
> very admittedly, a lot of progress have been made in the recent years.

And we down here in the middle band of North America* still insist on 
the insanity of having two of each hour every day.  (Although not on any 
device I own which can be convinced otherwise.)

  John Baxter (Port Ludlow, Washington...near the top-right corner of 
the Olympic Peninsula)

* I was about to type "we south of you, Francois..." and then decided 
not to risk being in fact north of you.  Good thing, as it turns out 
that I'm a bit over 2 degrees farther north than Francois is (assuming 
that the U Montreal address isn't an alumnus sort of address).

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