[Web-SIG] Output header encodings? (was Re: Backup plan: WSGI 1 Addenda and wsgiref update for Py3)

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Sep 23 19:52:20 CEST 2010

At 11:11 AM 9/23/2010 -0600, Jeff Hardy wrote:
>On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 10:06 AM, P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> > So, unless somebody has some additional arguments on this one, I think I'm
> > going to stick with bytes output.
>I don't have a strong opinion on whether it should be bytes or strings
>-- I'll leave that discussion for people who know more about the
>details than I do.
>I do think input and output should be symmetric, though. If response
>headers are going to be bytes, then the request headers should be as
>well, or vice versa. The same arguments apply to both, after all.

Actually, they don't.  There are more apps than servers, so more code 
to get right, by more people.  Servers also don't generally *create* 
any of the bytes or text involved, they're just ferrying it from one 
place to the next.  So the API conditions are not symmetrical.

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