Python 3.0 automatic decoding of UTF16

Johannes Bauer dfnsonfsduifb at
Fri Dec 5 18:28:04 CET 2008

J Kenneth King schrieb:

> It probably means what it says: that the input file contains characters
> it cannot read using the specified encoding.

No, it doesn't. The file is just fine, just as the example.

> Are you generating the file from python using a file object with the
> same encoding? If not, then you might want to look at your input data
> and find a way to deal with the exception.

I did. The file is fine. Could you try out the example?


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