python 2.7 and unicode (one more time)

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at
Thu Nov 20 19:06:39 CET 2014

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM,  <random832 at> wrote:
> and it means you can't safely
> blindly use %s with an unknown object.

You can't safely do this anyway. Whether it's %s with a str and a
unicode, or %s with a unicode and a str, *something* is going to have
to be implicitly encoded or decoded, and if ascii doesn't happen to be
the correct encoding then the result will be either an error or a
silent failure.

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