Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

Alex Martelli aleax at
Tue Feb 4 10:59:21 CET 2003

Roman Suzi wrote:
> And what if I include some raw 8-bit character missing in the
> current encoding?

Then you use an escape sequence instead -- that's what they're
for.  If the character is "missing in the current encoding"
it will be BETTER not to have it directly in the string
literal, anyway -- who knows what could happen to people
trying to display it, otherwise.

> I blame myself for not checking the PEP with the suggestion
> in time...

I think the alpha stage IS still "in time", if you can
convince Guido to change the warning-stragegy.  But --
coach your arguments well: he's not easy to convince.

> I think raw 8bit must be set by default without any warnings.

I disagree, but not hotly -- I'll be quite content with
whatever warning strategy ends up being adopted; say
I'm a +0 on the choice made for 2.3alpha.  But be warned
that you'll have to argue against hotly +1 people --
check the python-dev archives to hone your arguments.
(Arguing here is not much use of course, since Guido
doesn't read currently).


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