Locale-sensitive list separator under Windows

Adam Twardoch list.adam at twardoch.com
Thu Jan 16 02:31:34 CET 2003

"Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote in message
news:b051kv$230$00$1 at news.t-online.com...
> Adam Twardoch wrote:
> > How can make Python resolve the locale-sensitive list separator under
> > Windows? I mean the one that is set under Control Panel / Regional
Options /
> > Numbers / List separator.
> Is locale.localeconv()['thousands_sep'] what you want?

No, unfortunately not. The thousands_sep is what the Windows API
GetLocaleInfoW function returns if the LCType LOCALE_STHOUSAND = &HF is
called. I need the value that is returned when the LCType LOCALE_SLIST = &HC
is called. Typically, it's a comma (in English locales) or semicolon (in
German or Polish locale). These are used to separate text entries in lists
such as e-mail address lists.

Anybody else?

BTW: The code to do what I need in Visual Basic would be following:

' Start here
Option Compare Text
Option Explicit

Private Declare Function GetLocaleInfoW Lib "kernel32" _
 (ByVal LCID As Long, ByVal LCType As LCTypeEnum, _
 ByVal lpData As Long, ByVal cchData As Integer) As Integer

Public Function GetLocaleInfoC(Locale As Long, _
  LCType As LCTypeEnum) As String
    Dim stBuff As String
    Dim rc As Long
    stBuff = String$(255, vbNullChar)
    rc = GetLocaleInfoW(Locale, LCType, StrPtr(stBuff), Len(stBuff))
    If (rc > 0) Then
      GetLocaleInfoC = StFromSz(stBuff)
    End If
End Function

Sub Main()
End Sub
' End here

Now, who could help me translate this into Python? I have no idea how you
call a kernel32.dll function from within Python (or the Python win32all

Thanks in advance!

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