char 128? no... 256

Tim Peters at
Wed Feb 12 14:49:54 CET 2003

> Yes I know I asked for a Unicode object in the example code.
> I am trying to emulate what Python is doing. And as you can
> see, it cannot be decoded.

That's right:  Unicode can be *en*coded into an 8-bit representation, but
not *de*coded.  8 -> Unicode is decoding, Unicode to 8 is encoding.
unicode() is a decoding function, and is working correctly.  If you want to
encode, then, for example,

>>> u'\u1234'.encode('utf-8')

>>> unicode('\xe1\x88\xb4', 'utf-8')

> So if I am getting a unicode object I have no way of converting it to
> ascii and am thus screwed.

There are dozens of ways to change it into an 8-bit string, depending on
which encoding scheme you choose to pass to the .encode() method.

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