Characters in Python
jansun at home.se
Thu Jun 5 14:23:46 CEST 2003
This is a newbie question, but...
I just downloaded Pyton 2.2.2 for Windows and started exploring it.
I installed it so I can use TextPad or IDLE 0.8 with it and all ran
just fine, until I started to write strings with scandinavian
characters in them.
>>> str = 'åäö'
UnicodeError: ASCII encoding error: ordinal not in range(128)
It works fine in a DOS console window or run from TextPad if I do
str = 'Åäö'
Python, or perhaps IDLE rather, doesn't seem toaccept characters with
codes over 127.
Is there a simple way to turn off this obscession with 7-bit ASCII?
And how can one easily change what Python considers to be
default character encoding?
I couldn't find anything about that in the tutorial.
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