MS Word -- finding text
mhammond at skippinet.com.au
Mon Jun 17 00:57:14 CEST 2002
Mike Brenner wrote:
> The COM objects (like Project, Word, Excel, etc.) sometimes return
> stuff in Unicode format. When they do, the python str() function dies
> when converting non-ASCII unicode characters.
> To avoid this problem, I use the following conversion routine. After
> making the necessary check for None, it attempts a quick conversion
> str() first. When necessary, it slowly goes through each character,
> handling the exceptions that are raised.
> The default is a prime because that is the most common character that
> hits me in Word and Excel documents. Instead of coding it as an ASCII
> single-quote characters, these applications code it as a more
> "beautiful" character, so it kills the python str() function.
Note that you should be able to convert a Unicode object obtained from a
COM object simply by saying:
s = u_ob.encode("mbcs")
And should never (OK OK - rarely :) fail. If it _does_ fail, then it
means that the string can not be described in the mbcs code page, and
you will need to determine the appropriate code page youself.
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