Tkinter - non-ASCII characters in text widgets problem

Sebastian Pająk spconv+m at
Thu Jun 25 16:52:57 EDT 2009

2009/6/25 "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at>:
>> I've tried various UTF file encoding (also with BOM mark), use of
>> u"text"
> Always use u"text". This should work. Everything else might not work.

But I tried this here without success

>> After applying this, the effect remains the same - one big garbage.
> Can you please be more specific? What is "one big garbage"?

There is a square (or some other weird sign) in place where polish
accented character should be (like "ęłąśł" etc)
This problem is only on mac os x and it doesn't apply to button widget
(where characters are correct)

>> I'm out of ideas: my script is UTF-8 in 101%; Mac and Windows both
>> support UTF-8, Python also supports it - so where is the problem?
> Most likely, Tk does not work correctly on your system. See whether
> you can get correct results with wish.

There is no wish. I'm talking about build-in Tkinter (isn't Tk
build-in Python?).

btw. I'm workin on Windows, my friend on Mac - he points me the
problem he has with my script. He is not a computer geek nor a
programmer - he even doesn't know what wish/Tk or Python is

Does different endianness can have something to do here?

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