I like Unicode more than I used to...

Terry Hancock hancock at anansispaceworks.com
Tue Feb 25 03:42:40 CET 2003

On Sunday 23 February 2003 04:59 pm, Skip Montanaro wrote:
>     Stuart> 'Unicode capable terminal' actually means 'Terminal that
>     Stuart> understands utf-8 encoded sequences of bytes'. 
> Yes, my fault for the loose language...

Actually, what I was surprised by is the idea that the Python interpreter 
cannot determine what codec the terminal application understands. I would've 
expected this to be one of the things you can figure out from the 
environment.  In particular, I would expect that if such a mechanism didn't 
exist for ASCII terminals, that being Unicode capable would include some sort 
of sensing API.

Also, I wonder if this in some way a fundamental obstacle, or is it merely 
that the Python interpreter doesn't implement such sensing.  Which suggest 
the question of "why not?".

It just surprises me that it doesn't "just work".  The code used to deal with 
it isn't really that hard, but I didn't expect to need it.


Terry Hancock ( hancock at anansispaceworks.com )
Anansi Spaceworks  http://www.anansispaceworks.com

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