Doyon, Jean-Francois wrote at 2007-8-24 09:36 -0400:
> ...
>setdefaultencoding() is apparently frowned upon ... Not sure why though.

Occasionally, a package writer expects that "str" converts to ASCII,
such that

     try: ascii = str(unicodeStr)
     except UnicodeError:
       # non ascii

can be used to check for ASCIIness.

Of course, this is true only when the defaultencoding is "ASCII".

Fortunately, "unicode(unicodeStr, 'ascii')" can safely be
used instead.

The code above actually occured in Python's "xmlrpclib".
When I reported the bug, people said we should eliminate
But, then, they nevertheless fixed the bug...

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