How does unicode() work?

Robert Latest boblatest at
Wed Jan 9 13:41:38 CET 2008

Robert Latest wrote:
> ...but it barfs when actually fed with iso8859-1 characters.

Specifically, it says:

UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xf6 in position 0: 
ordinal not in range(128)

which doesn't make sense to me, because I specifically asked for the 
iso8859-1 decoder, not the 'ascii' one.


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