Interpreting \ escape sequences in strings
pwatson at redlinepy.com
Sun Mar 14 22:55:03 CET 2004
"Peter Otten" <__peter__ at web.de> wrote in message
news:c311kc$l1h$07$1 at news.t-online.com...
> Paul Watson wrote:
> > I did have not explained it clearly. I want the user to specify a
> Seems it was clear enough, you only didn't recognize the answer :-)
> > that I will put between words in the output. The user specified string
> > can
> > have escape sequences. For example, the user wants to put a binary 1
> > (\001) between each output word.
> > import sys
> > words = ['now', 'is', 'the', 'time']
> > print '\001'.join(words) #this works
> > print sys.argv.join(words) #this fails
> Change the above line to
> print sys.argv.decode("string_escape")
> s.decode("string_escape") returns a new string with all c-style escape
> sequences converted into the corresponding characters. This is an abuse -
> ahem, example of a general mechanism. Look for codecs if you want to learn
> more about it.
Thank you. I appreciate your help. Yes, I missed it. I will look at the
decode doc. I expected that this was for converting character encodings
(codepages). This does work under Python 2.3, and decode was available in
However, I am in a Python 2.1 environment. Do you know of any techniques
that would work under Python 2.1?
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