Python usage numbers

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Sun Feb 12 13:11:01 CET 2012

On 12/02/2012 08:26, Matej Cepl wrote:
> On 12.2.2012 09:14, Matej Cepl wrote:
>>> Obvious answers:
>>> - Try decoding with UTF8 or Latin1. Even if you don't get the right
>>> characters, you'll get *something*.
>>> - Use open(filename, encoding='ascii', errors='surrogateescape')
>>> (Or possibly errors='ignore'.)
>> These are not good answer, IMHO. The only answer I can think of, really,
>> is:
> Slightly less flameish answer to the question “What should I do,
> really?” is a tough one: all these suggested answers are bad because
> they don’t deal with the fact, that your input data are obviously
> broken. The rest is just pure GIGO … without fixing (and I mean, really,
> fixing, not ignoring the problem, which is what the previous answers
> suggest) your input, you’ll get garbage on output. And you should be
> thankful to py3k that it shown the issue to you.
> BTW, can you display the following line?
> Příliš žluťoučký kůň úpěl ďábelské ódy.
> Best,
> Matěj

Yes in Thunderbird, Notepad, Wordpad and Notepad++ on Windows Vista, 
can't be bothered to try any other apps.


Mark Lawrence.

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