Pound sign problem

Steve D'Aprano steve+python at pearwood.info
Mon Apr 10 21:30:04 EDT 2017


On Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:50 am, Lew Pitcher wrote:

> David Shi wrote:
> 
>> In the data set, pound sign escape appears:
>> u'price_currency': u'\xa3', u'price_formatted': u'\xa3525,000',

That looks like David is using Python 2.

>> When using table.to_csv after importing pandas as pd, an error message
>> persists as follows: UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode
>> character u'\xa3' in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
> 
> There is no "pound sign" in ASCII[1]. Try changing your target encoding to
> something other than ASCII.

Please don't encourage the use of old legacy encodings.

In 2017, unless you are reading from old legacy files created using a
non-Unicode encoding, you should just use UTF-8.



-- 
Steve
“Cheer up,” they said, “things could be worse.” So I cheered up, and sure
enough, things got worse.



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