Excess whitespace in my soup
sjmachin at lexicon.net
Sat Jan 19 13:20:08 CET 2008
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'
Yes, partially. Leading and trailing whitespace has to be removed
entirely, not replaced by one space.
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