Unicode: matching a word and unaccenting characters

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at yahoo.com.ar
Thu Nov 15 02:27:25 CET 2007

En Wed, 14 Nov 2007 21:21:55 -0300, Jeremie Le Hen <jeremie at le-hen.org>  

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> The first one is with regular expression.  If I want to match a word
> composed of characters only.  One can easily use '[a-zA-Z]+' when
> working in ascii, but unfortunately there is no equivalent when working
> with unicode strings: the latter doesn't match accented characters.  The
> only mean the re package provides is '\w' along with the re.UNICODE
> flag, but unfortunately it also matches digits and underscore.  It
> appears there is no suitable solution for this currently.  Am I right?

I think you're right, unfortunately.

> Secondly, I need to translate accented characters to their unaccented
> form.  I've written this function (sorry if the code isn't as efficient
> as possible, I'm not a long-time Python programmer, feel free to correct
> me, I' be glad to learn anything):

It's hard to do it right - this is another version:  

Gabriel Genellina

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