Movie (MPAA) ratings and Python?

Dan Stromberg drsalists at
Thu Dec 12 00:39:44 CET 2013

On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM, Steven D'Aprano <
steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:

> On Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:07:35 -0800, Dan Stromberg wrote:
> >  $ chardet mpaa-ratings-reasons.list
> > mpaa-ratings-reasons.list: windows-1255 (confidence: 0.97)
> >
> > I'm aware that chardet is playing guessing games, though one would hope
> > it would guess well most of the time, and give a reasonable confidence
> > rating.
> What reason do you have for thinking that Windows-1255 isn't a reasonable
> guess? If the bulk of the text is Latin-1 except perhaps for one or two
> Hebrew characters (or what chardet thinks are Hebrew characters), it may
> actually be a reasonable guess.

I get a traceback if I try to read the file as Windows-1255.  I don't get a
traceback if I read it as ISO-8859-1.

> If it is a poor guess, perhaps you ought to report it to the chardet
> maintainers as a good example of a poor guess.
I was considering that, and may do so.

I've also been wondering if ISO-8859-1 is just an octet-oriented codec, so
it'll read about anything.  There are clearly non-7-bit-ASCII characters in
the file that look like line noise in an mrxvt.

By the way, this forum is a text-only newsgroup and so-called "Rich
> Text" (actually HTML) posts are frowned upon because most people don't
> appreciate having to read gunk like this:
> > <div dir="ltr"><br><div class="gmail_extra"><div
> > class="gmail_quote"> ... <br>
> > <blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0px 0px 0px
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> If you can, would you please turn off rich text posting when you post
> here please?
> Thank you.
Apologies.  I didn't realize gmail was doing this.   I had thought it would
only do so if I used the formatting options in the composer, but perhaps it
does so even when just typing text.

I formerly used MH; are you using MH?  There isn't a lot of e-mail programs
that don't do HTML anymore.  Even mutt can do HTML with very slight
configuration; it's actually quite powerful and ISTR it can do MH folders.

I found a "remove formatting" button in gmail's composer, and used it on
this message.  Does this message look like plain text?

I'm not really prepared to give up gmail's quick searching; I used to index
my e-mails using pyindex and dovecot, but happily I don't need to anymore.
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