Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

Roman Suzi rnd at
Wed Feb 5 17:15:04 CET 2003

On Wed, 5 Feb 2003, Michael Hudson wrote:

>Erik Max Francis <max at> writes:
>> Roman Suzi wrote:
>> > That is why I am asking for unconditional raw 8-bit cleanness of
>> > Python
>> > without any -*- things...
>> Personally, I think it's an extremely good idea.
>Me too.  I'll also observe that editing files in GNU Emacs 21 that
>have characters with the high bit set and don't have a coding cookie
>is exceptionally annoying so putting the coding in not only soothes
>Python, but also potential contributors.

OK. I do agree that putting "coding" is good idea. I agree to Emacsish style.
My disagreement is that I am forced to add yet another line! This means that,
for example, before starting to learn Python one need to understand encodings!

And what about console Python? How do I tell it I am using koi8-r? Or
whatever? Why IDLE doesn't support koi8-r correctly even with -*- -things set
and the fact that Tcl/Tk support Unicode?

All this shows that Deprecation istoo early: infrastructure is not ready for
this move. 

Sincerely yours, Roman Suzi
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