To unicode or not to unicode

Joshua Judson Rosen rozzin at
Sun Feb 22 00:07:34 EST 2009

Ross Ridge <rridge at> writes:
> > It's all about declaring your charset. In Python as well as in your 
> > newsreader. If you don't declare your charset it's ASCII for you - in 
> > Python as well as in your newsreader.
> Except in practice unlike Python, many newsreaders don't assume ASCII.
> The original article displayed fine for me.

Right. Exactly.

Wasn't that exact issue a driving force behind unicode's creation in
the first place? :)

To avoid horrors like this:

... and people getting into arguments on usenet and having to use
rebuttals like "Well, it looked fine to *me*--there's nothing wrong,
we're just using incompatible encodings!"?

But you're right--specifying in usenet-posts is like

Can we get back to Python programming, now? :)

Don't be afraid to ask (Lf.((Lx.xx) (Lr.f(rr)))).

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