Support Python 3

Bug #809884 reported by Andreas Becker on 2011-07-13
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Hannes Hochreiner

Bug Description

Please change the Python code for the Inkscape plugin to support both Python 2.x and Python 3. It is very easy, because the tool “2to3” can convert the code.
In Python 3, the “u” prefix to strings is not supported, because there, all strings are unicode. A solution is either to remove the prefix, if it also works without it in Python 2.x, or to replace “u” by a function “u(...)” and define this function like the following:
def u(string):
        return unicode(string)
        return string

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Thanks for pointing this problem out. Adding the "u(...)"-function would not be a big deal and I'll happily do it, since the scripts would then run on python 2 and 3. However, I did some quick tests with the 2to3 tool and there are at least two other constructs that are quite frequently used that would need to be replaced:

- if node.attrib.has_key("{" + inkex.NSS["jessyink"] + "}view"):
+ if "{" + inkex.NSS["jessyink"] + "}view" in node.attrib:

- for id, node in self.selected.items():
+ for id, node in list(self.selected.items()):

Do you know whether the suggested changed still work in python 2?

Changed in jessyink:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → Hannes Hochreiner (hannes-hochreiner)
Andreas Becker (abecker) wrote :

According to the documentation, both changes do work in every Python 2 version (

A somewhat problematic change would be for example the exception handling, which leads to incompatibilities between <2.6 and >=3.0. Python 3 only allows "except Exception as e:", but the keyword "as" does not exist in <2.6.
Fortunately, I could not find deprecated constructs like "except Exception, e:" in JessyInk, so this is *currently* no problem.

Another hint for the u(...) function: instead of try/except, it is also possible to use sys.hexversion or sys.version_info.

Thanks for checking that out. I'll try and fix the scripts so they run on python 2 and 3.

Changed in jessyink:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
milestone: none → 1.5.6
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