is python 3 better than python 2?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Wed Apr 6 01:04:59 EDT 2011

On 4/5/2011 4:42 PM, John Nagle wrote:

> Well, actually Unicode support went in back around Python 2.4.

Even earlier, I think, but there were and still are problems with 
unicode in 2.x. Some were and will only be fixed in 3.x.

> In 3.x, ASCII strings went away, but that was more of a removal.

Yes and no. They were kept slightly modified as bytes, with all of the 
string methods kept.

Terry Jan Reedy

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