Unicode

posted 5 years ago by Ben Cordero

Dear present and future me, friends and visitors. Unicodifiying your computers is not a hard thing to do. If you use Python3, then the str type is unicode. In Python2, you need to use the built-in type unicode.

bencord0@parsley ~ $ sudo cat /etc/env.d/02locale   
LANG="en_GB.UTF-8"  
bencord0@parsley ~ $ sudo env-update && source /etc/profile  
>>> Regenerating /etc/ld.so.cache...  
bencord0@parsley~ $ locale  
LANG=en_GB.UTF-8  
LC_CTYPE="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_NUMERIC="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_TIME="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_COLLATE="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_MONETARY="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_MESSAGES="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_PAPER="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_NAME="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_ADDRESS="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_TELEPHONE="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_MEASUREMENT="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_GB.UTF-8"  
LC_ALL=  
bencord0@parsley~ $ python3  
Python 3.1.4 (default, Dec 13 2011, 16:25:45)   
[GCC 4.4.5] on linux2  
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.  
>>> '\u0394'  
'Δ'  
>>> exit()   
bencord0@parsley~ $ python2   
Python 2.7.2 (default, Nov 1 2011, 13:03:41)   
[GCC 4.4.5] on linux2  
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.  
>>> print u'\u0394'  
Δ  
>>>

The rest of the time, just remember to catch UnicodeDecodeError.

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