What encoding does u'...' syntax use?
tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Feb 20 16:35:47 EST 2009
Ron Garret wrote:
> I would have thought that the answer would be: the default encoding
> (duh!) But empirically this appears not to be the case:
> Traceback (most recent call last):
> File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
> UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xb5 in position 0:
> ordinal not in range(128)
The unicode function is usually used to decode bytes read from *external
sources*, each of which can have its own encoding. So the function
(actually, developer crew) refuses to guess and uses the ascii common
>>>> print u'\xb5'
Unicode literals are *in the source file*, which can only have one
encoding (for a given source file).
> (That last character shows up as a micron sign despite the fact that my
> default encoding is ascii, so it seems to me that that unicode string
> must somehow have picked up a latin-1 encoding.)
I think latin-1 was the default without a coding cookie line. (May be
uft-8 in 3.0).
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