[Tutor] Encoding

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at behnel.de
Wed Mar 3 15:21:50 CET 2010

Giorgio, 03.03.2010 14:09:
>>>   byte_string = unicode_string.encode('utf-8')
>> If you use unicode strings throughout your application, you will be happy
>> with the above. Note that this is an advice, not a condition.
> Mmm ok. So all strings in the app are unicode by default?
> Do you know if there is a function/method i can use to check encoding of a
> string?

Not sure what exactly you mean here. If you meant to say "guess the 
encoding of a byte string", then there are a few ways to do that. But none 
of them is guaranteed to work. Therefore my advice: use unicode everywhere 
and decode byte strings on the way in, where you (hopefully) know their 
encoding. If you don't know the encoding on the way in, reject the input.


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