[whatwg] API for encoding/decoding ArrayBuffers into text

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 16:38:57 PDT 2012

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM, Glenn Maynard <glenn at zewt.org> wrote:
> The API on that wiki page is a reasonable start.  For the same reasons that
> we discussed in a recent thread (
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webapps/2011JulSep/1589.html),
> conversion errors should use replacement (eg. U+FFFD), not throw
> exceptions.

Python throws errors by default, but both functions have an additional
argument specifying an alternate strategy.  In particular,
bytes.decode can either drop the invalid bytes, replace them with a
replacement char (which I agree should be U+FFFD), or replace them
with XML entities; str.encode can choose to drop characters the
encoding doesn't support.


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