tkinter + unicode + bug or feature??

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at
Sat Jan 25 03:30:06 CET 2003

Bob van der Poel wrote:
> Okay. I'll have to look at the MegaWidget stuff later. I'm just thinking 
> that doing something like string=entrywidget.get().encode('iso8859-1') 
> should do the trick. Not sure, though, what encoding to use. Is there a 
> pythonic way to determine the best to use?

Encoding the Unicode string should work, as would comparing it to other 
Unicode strings - you should try to eliminate all non-ASCII byte strings 
that represent text; then you can happily compare text strings.

There is really no way anybody could tell you what encoding to use: YOU 
should know what encoding your text strings have - how could we possibly 

If you want to find out what encoding the user is likely to use, you 
should use locale.nl_langinfo(locale.CODESET) on POSIX systems, and 
locale.getlocale()[1] on Windows.


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