strange behaviour of colon within string

khany sharif.khan at
Mon Oct 19 14:44:10 CEST 2009

hello all,

i am relatively new to python and i am trying to convert a php app i
have over to it using googleapps.

anyway here is the problem. i poll ebay API which has in its XML "<?
xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><findItemsAdvancedRequest
xmlns="">  .... "

however it fails to create the string UNLESS i remove the colon (:) in
the http section. i tried to substitute it with chr(58) but it errors
the same without showing why. does anyone know what i am doing wrong?
is this peculiar to googleapps?


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