Unicode charmap decoders slow

Tony Nelson *firstname*nlsnews at georgea*lastname*.com
Mon Oct 3 23:25:37 CEST 2005

In article <43419076$0$25143$9b622d9e at news.freenet.de>,
 "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:

> Tony Nelson wrote:
> > I had seen iconv.  Even if my system supports it and it is faster than 
> > Python's charmap decoder, it might not be available on other systems.  
> > Requiring something unusual in order to do a trivial LUT task isn't an 
> > acceptable solution.  If I write a charmap decoder as an extension 
> > module in Pyrex I can include it with the program.  I would prefer a 
> > solution that doesn't even need that, preferably in pure Python.  Since 
> > Python does all the hard wark so fast it certainly could do it, and it 
> > can almost do it with "".translate().
> Well, did you try a pure-Python version yourself?
> table = [chr(i).decode("mac-roman","replace") for i in range(256)]
> def decode_mac_roman(s):
>      result = [table[ord(c)] for c in s]
>      return u"".join(result)
> How much faster than the standard codec is that?

It's .18x faster.
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