[whatwg] API for encoding/decoding ArrayBuffers into text

James Graham jgraham at opera.com
Wed Mar 14 02:07:45 PDT 2012

On 03/14/2012 12:38 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> 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.

For completeness I note that python also allows user-provided custom 
error handling. I'm not suggesting we want this, but I would strongly 
prefer it to providing an XML-entity-encode option :)

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