unicode to ascii converting

Bernhard Herzog bh at intevation.de
Fri Aug 6 20:31:04 CEST 2004

Peter Wilkinson <pwilkinson at videotron.ca> writes:

> It would be good to find out _why_ this happens in the first place. I
> will keep do a little searching on this for a few days.

Most likely because you have characters in that file that are not in the
ASCII character set. ASCII is after all only a very small subset of
unicode.  E.g.

>>> u"ä".encode("ascii")
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\xe4' in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)

If it's OK to lose information, you could use the error argument to
.encode like

>>> u"ä".encode("ascii", "ignore")


>>> u"ä".encode("ascii", "replace")


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