str() should convert ANY object to a string without EXCEPTIONS !
steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Sun Sep 28 10:38:00 CEST 2008
On Sat, 27 Sep 2008 22:37:09 -0700, est wrote:
> Traceback (most recent call last):
> File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
> UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\ue863' in
> position 0
> : ordinal not in range(128)
What result did you expect?
> The problem is, why the f**k set ASCII encoding to range(128) ????????
> while str() is internally byte array it should be handled in range(256)
To quote Terry Pratchett:
"What sort of person," said Salzella patiently, "sits down and
*writes* a maniacal laugh? And all those exclamation marks, you
notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants
on his head." -- (Terry Pratchett, Maskerade)
In any case, even if the ASCII encoding used all 256 possible bytes, you
still have a problem. Your unicode string is a single character with
ordinal value 59491:
You can't fit 59491 (or more) characters into 256, so obviously some
unicode chars aren't going to fit into ASCII without some sort of
encoding. You show that yourself:
u'\ue863'.encode('mbcs') # Windows only
But of course 'mbcs' is only one possible encoding. There are others.
Python refuses to guess which encoding you want. Here's another:
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