Excess whitespace in my soup

Stefan Behnel stefan.behnel-n05pAM at web.de
Sat Jan 19 14:34:57 CET 2008


John Machin wrote:
> On Jan 19, 11:00 pm, Fredrik Lundh <fred... at pythonware.com> wrote:
>> John Machin wrote:
>>> I'm happy enough with reassembling the second item. The problem is in
>>> reliably and  correctly collapsing the whitespace in each of the above
>>  > fiveelements. The standard Python idiom of u' '.join(text.split())
>>  > won't work because the text is Unicode and u'\xa0' is whitespace
>>
>>> and would be converted to a space.
>> would this (or some variation of it) work?
>>
>>  >>> re.sub("[ \n\r\t]+", " ", u"foo\n  frab\xa0farn")
>> u'foo frab\xa0farn'
>>
>> </F>
> 
> Yes, partially. Leading and trailing whitespace has to be removed
> entirely, not replaced by one space.

Sounds like adding a .strip() to me ...

Stefan



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