Using lxml to screen scrap a site, problem with charset

Дамјан Георгиевски gdamjan at
Mon Feb 2 01:15:39 CET 2009

So, I'm using lxml to screen scrap a site that uses the cyrillic 
alphabet (windows-1251 encoding). The sites HTML doesn't have the <META 
..content-type.. charset=..> header, but does have a HTTP header that 
specifies the charset... so they are standards compliant enough.

Now when I run this code:

from lxml import html
doc = html.parse('')
root = doc.getroot()
title = root.cssselect(('head title'))[0]
print title.text

the title.text is а unicode string, but it has been wrongly decoded as 
latin1 -> unicode

So.. is this a deficiency/bug in lxml or I'm doing something wrong.
Also, what are my other options here?

I'm running Python 2.6.1 and python-lxml 2.1.4 on Linux if matters.

дамјан ( )

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