I'm -1 on this.
Just type "0431 unicode" on your favorite search engine. U+0431 is the
codepoint, not whatever digits 0x431 has in decimal. That's a tradition and
something external to Python.
As a related concern, I think using decimal/octal on raw data is a terrible
idea (e.g. On Linux, I always have to re-format the "cmp -l" to really
grasp what's going on, changing it to hexadecimal). Decimal notation is
hardly readable when we're dealing with stuff designed in base 2 (e.g. due
to the visual separation of distinct bytes). How many people use "hexdump"
(or any binary file viewer) with decimal output instead of hexadecimal?
I agree that mixing representations for the same abstraction (using decimal
in some places, hexadecimal in other ones) can be a bad idea. Actually,
that makes me believe "decimal unicode codepoint" shouldn't ever appear in
Danilo J. S. Bellini
"*It is not our business to set up prohibitions, but to arrive at
conventions.*" (R. Carnap)
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