--- Comment #4 from 2012-03-06 15:42:22 PST ---
(In reply to comment #3)

> It seems to me that the only reason that makeTrans exists in the first place
> rather than just putting it in translate is so that you can reuse the
> translation table. No one should be messing with it or passing anything else 
> to
> that version of translate.

As several other string functions, the two functions we are talking about here
come from Python2:

The Python docs tell the size of the table too:

string.translate(s, table[, deletechars])
    Delete all characters from s that are in deletechars (if present), and then
translate the characters using table, which must be a 256-character string
giving the translation for each character value, indexed by its ordinal. If
table is None, then only the character deletion step is performed.

In Python some times I have built the translation table manually. If makeTrans
returns an opaque or privately defined struct this is not possible.

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