Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: Do I hate Unicode, or Do I Hate ASCII?

Excelente article. As a mexican developer I wrestle with Unicode daily and it's the only thing that can take away from Python, if I ever found a language with smooth handling of Unicode

Comment on Do I hate Unicode, or Do I Hate ASCII?


I suspect it would be better if we had only Unicode text and non-text bytestrings, with a sufficiently different-enough interface that you could tell which one you expected and would work with. Like Java I guess. You'd still have all the problems, but you'd have to deal with them up front, and everyone would deal with them consistenly, and errors wouldn't propogate.

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