Possible to write a Unicode*like* object?
just at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 4 17:53:22 CET 2003
In article <7h3znpctbm4.fsf at pc150.maths.bris.ac.uk>,
Michael Hudson <mwh at python.net> wrote:
> Just <just at xs4all.nl> writes:
> > In the PyObjC project (a bridge between Python and Objective-C, and/or
> > Cocoa really, OSX's GUI stuff) there's currently a discussion about
> > whether to _convert_ NSString instances (the Cocoa string class) to
> > Python (unicode) strings or to wrap the original instance that would
> > make it string-like. For 8-bit strings wrapping is probably not a big
> > deal, the buffer interface makes this work quite transparently, but I
> > have no clue whether this is possible for unicode strings as well. Any
> > ideas?
> I think you can return unicode data through the buffer interface too,
> can't you? In any case, I'm a bit unsure what exactly you're asking.
I'm not sure sure myself, either... I think an example could be: can I
write a class (in C) that will be treated just like a unicode object, eg
when doing pattern matching with re?
I tend to think we shouldn't even try this and we should simply build a
true unicode object, but there are voices in the project that say we
should avoid the conversion at all cost. I wouldn't be too unhappy about
that, provided it can work reasonably transparently, which I doubt.
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