convert string with raw binary data to unicode

Achim Domma domma at procoders.net
Thu Feb 12 17:44:12 CET 2004


Hi,

I want to pass raw binary data from a file to a COM object. I read the data
from file like this:

data = file('path_to_file','rb').read()

If passed to a COM object, data is converted to unicode in the way one would
expect for strings. I.e. a lot of zeros are filled in. I want each two
characters from data to be interpreted as one unicode character. I read the
docu about codecs but can not find a suitable codec. I also tried to read
the data like this:

data = codecs.open('path_to_file','rb','???').read()

I tried to use UCS2 for the ???, but this encoding does not exist. A posting
found via google supposes to use UTF-16 but this is not the same and raises
an error.

This shouldn't be a big problem, but I can figure out how to solve it. Can
anybody help?

regards,
Achim





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