compressing consecutive spaces
ptmcg at austin.rr.com
Mon Jul 9 19:07:30 CEST 2007
On Jul 9, 9:38 am, Beliavsky <beliav... at aol.com> wrote:
> How can I replace multiple consecutive spaces in a file with a single
> character (usually a space, but maybe a comma if converting to a CSV
> file)? Ideally, the Python program would not compress consecutive
> spaces inside single or double quotes. An inelegant method is to
> repeatedly replace two consecutive spaces with one.
Split with no arguments splits on whitespace, and multiple spaces
count as but a single separator. So split+join = collapsed
>>> test = "a b c d efdd slkj sdfdsfl"
>>> " ".join(test.split())
'a b c d efdd slkj sdfdsfl'
Or use something other than " " to join with, such as ",".
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