convert unicode characters to visibly similar ascii characters

Laszlo Nagy gandalf at
Tue Jul 1 20:47:17 CEST 2008

Peter Bulychev wrote:
> Hello.
> I want to convert unicode character into ascii one.
> The method ".encode('ASCII') " can convert only those unicode 
> characters, which fit into 0..128 range.
> But there are still lots of characters beyond this range, which can be 
> manually converted to some visibly similar ascii characters. For 
> instance, there are several quotation marks in unicode, which can be 
> converted into ascii quotation mark.
Please be more specific. There is no general solution. Unicode can 
handle latin, cyrilic (russian), chinese, japanese and arabic characters 
in the same string. There are thousands of possible non-ascii characters 
and many of them are not similar to any ascii character.

If you only want this to work for a subset, please define that subset.


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