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by Ezio Melotti
Working with Unicode and encodings might be confusing, but every
developer must know how they work.
Even if the full Unicode standard is actually quite complex, only a
few basic concepts are really necessary to work with Python and
* the differences between Unicode strings and bytes;
* how encodings are used to store characters;
* the differences between different encodings;
* how to understand Unicode-related errors;
This talk aims to explain these concept.
Best practices for using Unicode, the current status of Unicode in
Python 2 and 3, and the plans for the future (e.g. PEP393 - Flexible
string representation) will also be discussed.
The talk is suitable for both new developers that are not yet familiar
with Unicode and for experienced developers that want to understand
better what's going on under the hood.
17th–18th October 2011