[Tutor] read in text file containing non-English characters
ramit.prasad at jpmorgan.com
Fri Jan 13 00:16:31 CET 2012
>I would like to know to how to read in the file and then access arbitary rows in the file, so that I can print a line such as:
>The capital of Cabañas is Sensuntepeque
>while preserving the non-English characters
>now, for example, I get
Make sure to open the file with correct encoding or convert in your program.
Incorrect encoding is a very likely reason why you get funky characters (or
not having the appropriate codepages/languages installed). According to
the internet you can open the file and specify the encoding all at once.
>>>f = codecs.open("test", "r", "utf-8")
The list of standard codecs is on that page at 7.8.3.
You can also manually convert a string, but that is more of a pain..and you
would still need to know the codec.
As for the rest of the problem, I would suggest you take a quick peek at the csv
module which will parse your data for you.
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