inserting Unicode character in dictionary - Python
joe at strout.net
Fri Oct 17 19:32:36 CEST 2008
On Oct 17, 2008, at 11:24 AM, Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch wrote:
>> kw = 'генских'
> What do you mean by "does not work"? And you are aware that the above
> snipped doesn't involve any unicode characters!? You have a byte
> there -- type `str` not `unicode`.
Just checking my understanding here -- are the following all true:
1. If you had prefixed that literal with a "u", then you'd have Unicode.
2. Exactly what Unicode you get would be dependent on Python properly
interpreting the bytes in the source file -- which you can make it do
by adding something like "-*- coding: utf-8 -*-" in a comment at the
top of the file.
3. Without the "u" prefix, you'll have some 8-bit string, whose
interpretation is... er... here's where I get a bit fuzzy. What if
your source file is set to utf-8? Do you then have a proper UTF-8
string, but the problem is that none of the standard Python library
methods know how to properly interpret UTF-8?
4. In Python 3.0, this silliness goes away, because all strings are
Unicode by default.
Thanks for any answers/corrections,
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