Problem with sets and Unicode strings
robert.kern at gmail.com
Thu Jun 29 21:00:55 CEST 2006
Dennis Benzinger wrote:
> Ok, I understand.
> But isn't it a (minor) problem that using a set like this:
> # -*- coding: UTF-8 -*-
> FIELDS_SET = set(("Fächer", ))
> print u"Fächer" in FIELDS_SET
> print u"Fächer" == "Fächer"
> shadows the error of not setting sys.defaultencoding()?
You can't set the default encoding. If you could, then scripts that run on your
machine wouldn't run on mine.
If there's an error, it's the fact that you use a regular string at the
beginning ("Fächer") and a unicode string later (u"Fächer"). But set objects
can't know that that's the problem or even if it *is* a problem.
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
an underlying truth."
-- Umberto Eco
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