Unicode confusion

Jerry Hill malaclypse2 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 18:51:01 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 12:40 PM, Tim Cook <timothywayne.cook at gmail.com> wrote:
> if I say units=unicode("°").  I get
> UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc2 in position 0:
> ordinal not in range(128)
> If I try x=unicode.decode(x,'utf-8'). I get
> TypeError: descriptor 'decode' requires a 'unicode' object but received
> a 'str'
> What is the correct way to interpret these symbols that come to me as a
> string?

Part of it depends on where you're getting them from.  If they are in
your source code, just define them like this:

>>> units = u"°"
>>> print units
>>> print repr(units)

If they're coming from an external source, you have to know the
encoding they're being sent in.  Then you can decode them into
unicode, like this:

>>> units = "°"
>>> unicode_units = units.decode('Latin-1')
>>> print repr(unicode_units)
>>> print unicode_units


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