why isn't Unicode the default encoding?
johnjsal at NOSPAMgmail.com
Mon Mar 20 21:16:25 CET 2006
Robert Kern wrote:
> Well, *I* use UTF-8, but that's neither here nor there.
I see UTF-8 a lot, but this particular book also mentions that UTF-16 is
the most common. Is that true?
>> Why can't Unicode replace them so we no longer need the 'u'
>> prefix or the encoding tricks?
> It would break a hell of a lot of code. Try using the -U command line argument
> to the Python interpreter. That makes unicode strings default.
I figured this might have something to do with it, but then again I
thought that Unicode was created as a subset of ASCII and Latin-1 so
that they would be compatible...but I guess it's never that easy. :)
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