Python usage numbers

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sun Feb 12 17:14:29 EST 2012

On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at> wrote:
> The situation before ascii is like where we ended up *before* unicode.
> Unicode aims to replace all those byte encoding and character sets with
> *one* byte encoding for *one* character set, which will be a great
> simplification. It is the idea of ascii applied on a global rather that
> local basis.

Unicode doesn't deal with byte encodings; UTF-8 is an encoding, but so
are UTF-16, UTF-32. and as many more as you could hope for. But
broadly yes, Unicode IS the solution.


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