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Showing native 8-bit strings in Python interpreter

I'm storing 8-bit characters from the 128-256 range in Python
strings. They are Windows CP1251 Russian characters. When looking at
those strings in the Python interpreter, they come up as codes inside
the string. How can I teach Python to show those 8-bit characters in
the native encoding of the terminal -- in the current locale -- where
the interpreter was started?

Cheers,
Alexy

Nov 8 '07 #1
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braver wrote:
I'm storing 8-bit characters from the 128-256 range in Python
strings. They are Windows CP1251 Russian characters. When looking at
those strings in the Python interpreter, they come up as codes inside
the string. How can I teach Python to show those 8-bit characters in
the native encoding of the terminal -- in the current locale -- where
the interpreter was started?
The python-interpreter will print them out using hex because it calls
repr(string) - to prevent any encoding-related troubles.

But printing them will meet your expectations. See below:

Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, May 2 2007, 16:56:35)
>>s = 'äöüßÄÜ'
s
'\xc3\xa4\xc3\x b6\xc3\xbc\xc3\ x9f\xc3\x84\xc3 \x9c'
>>print s
äöüßÄÜ
>>>

Diez
Nov 8 '07 #2

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