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This draft proposal for a new Unicode layer on top of ByteString is still being written.


ByteString provides a faster and more memory efficient data type than [Word8] for processing raw bytes. By creating a Unicode layer on top of ByteString that deals in units of characters instead of units of bytes we can achieve similar performance improvements over String for text processing. A Unicode data type also removes the error prone process of keeping track of strings encoded as raw bytes stored in ByteStrings. Using functions such as length on a Unicode string just works even though different encodings use different numbers of bytes to represent a character.


Open Issues


  1. http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0358/ - PEP 3116 -- New I/O
  2. http://python.org/dev/peps/pep-3116/ - PEP 358 -- The "bytes" Object