Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Python writing UTF-8 files

Some steps to take to create UTF-8 files with Python:
1. use codecs module to read and write files:
import codecs
f = codecs.open('file.txt', mode="w", encoding="utf-8-sig")
2. Don't mix strings and unicode. (Always prefix "strings" with u (e.g. u"hello world"))
3. Start your python script with # -*- coding: utf-8 -*- in case you might have any unicode characters in your code or in hardcoded "strings" in your script.

4. Also read http://lobstertech.com/python_unicode.html and http://www.evanjones.ca/python-utf8.html for more info on using UTF-8/unicode with Python.

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