newbie with a encoding question, please help

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Thu Apr 1 08:16:01 EDT 2010

Mister Yu, 01.04.2010 13:38:
> i m still not very sure how to convert a unicode object  **
> u'\xd6\xd0\xce\xc4 ** back to "中文" the string it supposed to be?

You are confused. '\xd6\xd0\xce\xc4' is an encoded byte string, not a 
unicode string. The fact that you have it stored in a unicode string 
implies that something in your code (or in a library) has done an incorrect 
conversion from bytes to unicode that did not take into account the real 
character set in use. So you end up with a completely meaningless unicode 

Please show us the code that does the conversion to a unicode string.


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