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How to map python's unicode stuff to a wchar_t based api?

Hi all,

besides PyUnicode_(From )|(As)WideChar I haven't found specific support
for wchar_t in the python api. Is there a default codec that produces
wchar_t* (in a platform-neutral way) or something else in
PyArg_ParseTupl e's format string that could help me? What encoding is
used for python's Py_UNICODE thing?

My specific problem is that I wrap an api where one function can have
as well an ansi as a unicode variant. I don't want to decide which
variant to use at compile time but rather at runtime. Therefore I
have a default argument useUnicode and if possible I want to get rid
of the

if (PyObject_IsTru e(useUnicode)) {
doTheUnicodeStu ff();
else {
doTheAnsiThingW hichLooksAlmost IdenticalToTheA boveButJustAlmo st();

annoyance in almost any function.

Jul 18 '05 #1
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Ames Andreas:
Therefore I have a default argument useUnicode and
if possible I want to get rid of the

if (PyObject_IsTru e(useUnicode)) {
doTheUnicodeStu ff();
else {
doTheAnsiThingW hichLooksAlmost IdenticalToTheA boveButJustAlmo st();

annoyance in almost any function.

To support Unicode file names on Win32, the convention described in PEP
277 is to call the wide API when the argument was Unicode, otherwise call
the ANSI API. From src/Modules/posixmodule.c this looks like

if (unicode_file_n ames()) {
PyUnicodeObject *po;
if (PyArg_ParseTup le(args, "Ui:access" , &po, &mode)) {
/* PyUnicode_AS_UN ICODE OK without thread lock as
it is a simple dereference. */
res = _waccess(PyUnic ode_AS_UNICODE( po), mode);
return(PyBool_F romLong(res == 0));
/* Drop the argument parsing error as narrow strings
are also valid. */

This code then falls through to the ANSI API.

Py_WIN_WIDE_FIL ENAMES is only defined (in src/PC/pyconfig.h) when Python
is using 2 byte wide Unicode characters (Py_UNICODE_SIZ E == 2), thus
ensuring that the result on Win32 of PyUnicode_AS_UN ICODE is equivalent to

Whether PY_UNICODE_TYPE is wchar_t depends on platform and other

The extra code required for PEP 277 adds to size and obscures intent.
Various code reduction techniques can be alleviate this such as posix_1str
in posixmodule or using some preprocessor cleverness.


Jul 18 '05 #2

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