Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

Anders J. Munch andersjm at
Thu Feb 6 17:19:56 CET 2003

"Erik Max Francis" <max at> wrote:
> "Anders J. Munch" wrote:
> > In the context of how a Python implementation executes a Python
> > program
> > the shebang line has no effect whatsoever.
> Obviously, but the point here is that it makes a big difference in the
> real world.  The line in the sand (between "information" and
> "metainformation") you've drawn seems arbitrary.  Certainly the encoding
> that the Python script has is extremely important to processing it.

Roman Suzi drew the line in the sand.  I mere put comment-like
encoding syntax on the right side of it, namely the side of real,
solid, consequential information.

I have no particular need for the distinction myself.  Let's skip the
subject of on which side the shebang line goes.

- Anders

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