Python 3 is killing Python

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Tue Jul 15 22:24:07 CEST 2014

On 15/07/2014 18:38, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at>:
>> Fine. Tell me how you would go about adding true Unicode support to
>> Python 2.7, while still having it able to import an unchanged program.
>> Trick question - it's fundamentally impossible, because an unchanged
>> program will not distinguish between bytes and text, but true Unicode
>> support requires that they be distinguished.
> Python 2 has always had unicode strings and [byte] strings. They were
> always clearly distinguished. You really didn't have to change anything
> for "true Unicode support".

That is the funniest tongue in cheek comment I've read in the 10+ years 
I''ve been hanging around here.  It was tongue in cheek, wasn't it?

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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