Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

Dale Strickland-Clark dale at
Wed Feb 5 02:08:56 CET 2003

Paul Rubin <phr-n2003b at> wrote:

>Brian Quinlan <brian at> writes:
>> Just add:
>> # -*- coding: Latin-1 -*-
>> to the top of your source files and you will be fine.
>What is this nonsense?  The interpreter is reading comment text now?

Absolutely. And what if you get the syntax wrong? How close to correct
does it have to be before you get told you've got it wrong?

Is everything bracketed by -*- on line 1-2 now parsed? 

Parsing comments is a very poor solution.

Dale Strickland-Clark
Riverhall Systems Ltd

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