[XML-SIG] Re: UnicodeError: ASCII encoding error: ordinal not inrange(128)

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Tue Nov 25 09:04:55 EST 2003

David Gaya wrote:

> UnicodeError: ASCII encoding error: ordinal not in range(128)

note that this is generated by the print statement, not the XML library.

> Instead of 'print xmldoc.toxml()' I've tryed
>    s = xmldoc.toxml()
>    print s.encode('UTF-8')
> But then  is encoded in a single character.
> Does anybody know how can I print (or save) back the modified document
> keeping the  format ?

if you're using Python 2.3, you can use the "xmlcharrefreplace"
error handler:

    print xmldoc.toxml().encode("ascii", "xmlcharrefreplace")

    <?xml version="1.0" ?>

the toxml method takes an encoding attribute, but that doesn't do
anything even remotely useful in this case:

print xmldoc.toxml(encoding='us-ascii')

Traceback (most recent call last):
    | snip |
  File "C:\python23\lib\xml\dom\minidom.py", line 303, in _write_data
  File "C:\python23\lib\codecs.py", line 178, in write
    data, consumed = self.encode(object, self.errors)
UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\uf7fa' in position
0: ordinal not in range(128)

(footnote/plug: compare this with elementtree's write method:

    from elementtree import ElementTree

    xmldoc = ElementTree.parse('slide.xml')
    xmldoc.write(sys.stdout, encoding="us-ascii")

    <?xml version='1.0' encoding='us-ascii'?>



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