[wingide-users] WingIDE's help w/ PEP 0263

Wingware Support support at wingware.com
Wed Feb 8 14:14:25 EST 2006

On Wed, 8 Feb 2006, Ken Kinder wrote:
> I happily noticed WingIDE observes PEP 0263 for encoding compliance:
> http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0263.html
> I was wondering if there's anyway it can help me find files that in my
> project that have 8-bit text (non-ascii) that don't have an encoding header?
> It would also be nice if when I have a non-ascii Python file, it would
> prompt me to add that header upon saving.

Wing doesn't have a feature like that now, although it's pretty 
easy write a utility in Python to os.listdir (or similar) and 
read the whole file to check if ord() of any char in it is >127.

One problem w/ actually adding encoding headers is that it's not 
certain that a file's encoding is guessable from its content.

Also, keep in mind that UTF encodings sometimes place a byte 
order mark at the start of the file which takes care of 
specifying the encoding w/o placing an encoding header (just in 
case you have such files).

Stephan Deibel

Wing IDE for Python
Advancing Software Development


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