Right solution to unicode error?

Anders Schneiderman ASchneiderman at asha.org
Thu Nov 8 15:00:43 CET 2012

Thanks, Oscar and Ramit! This is exactly what I was looking for.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Oscar Benjamin [mailto:oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 6:27 PM
> To: Anders Schneiderman
> Cc: python-list at python.org
> Subject: Re: Right solution to unicode error?
> On 7 November 2012 22:17, Anders <aschneiderman at asha.org> wrote:
> >
> > Traceback (most recent call last):
> >   File "outlook_tasks.py", line 66, in <module>
> >     my_tasks.dump_today_tasks()
> >   File "C:\Users\Anders\code\Task List\tasks.py", line 29, in
> > dump_today_tasks
> >     print task.subject
> > UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\u2013' in
> > position 42: ordinal not in range(128)
> >
> > Here's where I'm getting stuck.  In the code above I was just printing
> > the subject so I can see whether the script is working properly.
> > Ultimately what I want to do is parse the tasks I'm interested in and
> > then create an HTML file containing those tasks.  Given that, what's
> > the best way to fix this problem?
> Are you using cmd.exe (standard Windows terminal)? If so, it does not
> support unicode and Python is telling you that it cannot encode the string in a
> way that can be understood by your terminal. You can try using chcp to set
> the code page to something that works with your script.
> If you are only printing it for debugging purposes you can just print the repr()
> of the string which will be ascii and will come out fine in your terminal. If you
> want to write it to a html file you should encode the string with whatever
> encoding (probably utf-8) you use in the html file. If you really just want your
> script to be able to print unicode characters then you need to use something
> other than cmd.exe (such as IDLE).
> Oscar

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