to express unicode string

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Jan 28 18:03:41 EST 2012

On 1/28/2012 2:58 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> On 01/28/2012 12:21 AM, contro opinion wrote:
>>>>> s='你好'
> On my computer, s is a byte string that contains the utf-8 formatted
> encoding of 你好.

On mine, s is a (unicode) string containing those two characters. That 
is because I pasted the above into IDLE 3.2.2 (on Win7, but should be 
the same on all systems). (Pasting into the standard interpreter window, 
which uses Windows stupid Command Prompt interface, does not work.)

To the OP. if you want to work easily with unicode, use Python 3.2 now 
and Python 3.3 as soon as it comes out, in less than a year. We went 
through the hassle of changing the string type from bytes to unicode 
*because* having unicode as merely an add-on type was not working very well.

Terry Jan Reedy

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