Arian Kuschki arian.kuschki at
Sat Oct 17 15:54:57 CEST 2009

Hi all

this has been bugging me for a long time and I do not seem to be able to 
understand what to do. I always have problems when dealing input text that 
contains umlauts. Consider the following:

In [1]: import urllib

In [2]: f = urllib.urlopen("")

In [3]: xml =

In [4]: f.close()

In [5]: print xml
------> print(xml)
<?xml version="1.0"?><xml_api_reply version="1"><weather module_id="0" 
tab_id="0" mobile_row="0" mobile_zipped="1" row="0" section="0" 
y data="Munich, BY"/><postal_code data="Muenchen"/><latitude_e6 
data=""/><longitude_e6 data=""/><forecast_date 
data="2009-10-17"/><current_date_time data="2009-10
-17 14:20:00 +0000"/><unit_system 
data="SI"/></forecast_information><current_conditions><condition data="Meistens 
bew�kt"/><temp_f data="43"/><temp_c data="6"/><h
umidity data="Feuchtigkeit: 87�%"/><icon 
data="/ig/images/weather/mostly_cloudy.gif"/><wind_condition data="Wind: W mit 
Windgeschwindigkeiten von 13 km/h"/></curr
ent_conditions><forecast_conditions><day_of_week data="Sa."/><low 
data="1"/><high data="7"/><icon 
data="/ig/images/weather/chance_of_rain.gif"/><condition data="V
ereinzelt Regen"/></forecast_conditions><forecast_conditions><day_of_week 
data="So."/><low data="-1"/><high data="8"/><icon 
w.gif"/><condition data="Vereinzelt 
data="Mo."/><low data="-4"/><high data="8"/><icon data="/ig/i
mages/weather/mostly_sunny.gif"/><condition data="Teils 
data="Di."/><low data="0"/><high data="8"
/><icon data="/ig/images/weather/sunny.gif"/><condition 

As you can see the umlauts in the XML are not displayed properly. When I want 
to process this text (for example with xml.sax), I get error messages because 
the parses can't read this.

I've tried to read up on this and there is a lot of information on the web, but 
nothing seems to work for me. For example setting the coding to UTF like this: 
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*- or using the decode() string method.

I always have this kind of problem when input contains umlauts, not just in 
this case. My locale (on Ubuntu) is en_GB.UTF-8.


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