Deleting characters from a string

Hrvoje Niksic hniksic at
Sat Jun 5 09:56:32 EDT 1999

string.translate can delete characters from a string, as well as
translate them.  But what if I want *only* to delete them?  Currently
I do this:

dummytable = string.maketrans('', '')

  host = string.translate(host, dummytable, ' "')

What I would really like to be able to do is write:

  host = string.translate(host, None, ' "')

Am I missing a more elegant solution?

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