Python encoding

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at
Tue Aug 19 00:15:52 CEST 2008

Joan Pallarès wrote:

> I tried to create unicode in this two ways:
> self.nombreLocal = unicode(nombreLocal)
> self.nombreLocal = unicode(nombreLocal, 'iso-8859-1')

the "unicode" constructor takes a string of bytes in some known 
character encoding, and decodes them into a Unicode string.  if you 
leave out the encoding argument, it defaults to "ascii".

 > But there is always one character that can't be encoded!! unicode
 > doesn`t encode everything?

"unicode" is used to decode byte strings, not encode things.

from where do you get "nombreLocal", and what encoding does your source 
use?  can you provide an example of that one character that doesn't work?


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