[Tutor] Encode problem

Sander Sweers sander.sweers at gmail.com
Mon May 4 21:54:34 CEST 2009

2009/5/4 Kent Johnson <kent37 at tds.net>:
> str.decode() converts a string to a unicode object. unicode.encode()
> converts a unicode object to a (byte) string. Both of these functions
> take the encoding as a parameter. When Python is given a string, but
> it needs a unicode object, or vice-versa, it will encode or decode as
> needed. The encode or decode will use the system default encoding,
> which as you have discovered is ascii. If the data being encoded or
> decoded contains non-ascii characters, you get an error that you are
> familiar with. These errors indicate that you are not correctly
> handling encoded data.

Very interesting read Kent!

So if I get it correctly you are saying the join() is joining strings
of str and unicode type? Then would it help to add a couple of "print
type(the_string), the_string" before the .join() help finding which
string is not unicode or is unicode where it shouldn't?


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