Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

holger krekel pyth at
Mon Feb 3 22:46:38 CET 2003

Paul Rubin wrote:
> Skip Montanaro <skip at> writes:
> >     Paul> What is this nonsense?  The interpreter is reading comment text
> >     Paul> now?  Yucch!
> > 
> > Given that most operating systems don't have files with data forks
> > and resource forks, how would you tell the lexical analyzer what the
> > encoding of a particular file is?
> How about "from __encodings__ import latin1"?
> I think we've already have seen import statements used to control the
> lexical analyzer, in "from __future__ import division".

Yip, but __future__ is really such a special thing (nobody
knows what may come out of it) you don't really want to duplicate
this specialness.  I assume that such ideas have been discussed 
on Python-Dev but i am too lazy to check it (sorry).


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