utf8 encoding problem

Denis S. Otkidach ods at strana.ru
Thu Jan 22 14:47:00 CET 2004

On Thu, 22 Jan 2004, Wichert Akkerman wrote:

WA> I'm struggling with what should be a trivial problem but I
WA> can't seem to
WA> come up with a proper solution: I am working on a CGI that
WA> takes utf-8
WA> input from a browser. The input is nicely encoded so you get
WA> something
WA> like this:
WA>   firstname=t%C3%A9s
WA> where %C3CA9 is a single character in utf-8 encoding.
WA> Passing this
WA> through urllib.unquote does not help:
WA>   >>> urllib.unquote(u't%C3%A9st')
WA>   u't%C3%A9st'

You have to pass 8-bit string, but not unicode.  The following
code works as expected:

>>> urllib.unquote('t%C3%A9st').decode('utf-8')

P.S. According to HTML standard, with
application/x-www-form-urlencoded content type form data are
resricted to ASCII codes:

Denis S. Otkidach
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