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Unicode lists and join (python 2.2.3)

I have a list of strings, some of the strings might be unicode. I am
trying to a .join operation on the list and the .join raises a unicode
exception. I am looking for ways to get around this.
I would like to get a unicode string out of the list with all string
elements seperated by '\n'

#!/usr/bin/env python
import sys
import string

x = [u"\xeeabc2:xyz" , u"abc3:123"]
u = "\xe7abc"
x.append("%s:%s " % ("xfasfs", u))
x.append(u"Hell o:afddfdsfa")

y = u'\n'.join(x)
print("Unicode Call worked!")
except Exception, err:
print("Exceptio n raised %s" % err)

on a related note
Why does this work with no exceptions

u = "\xe7abc"
x.append("%s:%s " % ("xfasfs", u))

and this doesnt
u = "\xe7abc"
x.append("%s:%s " % (u"xfasfs", u))
Jun 27 '08 #1
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x = [u"\xeeabc2:xyz" , u"abc3:123"]
u = "\xe7abc"
u is not a Unicode string.
x.append("%s:%s " % ("xfasfs", u))
so what you append is not a Unicode string, either.
x.append(u"Hell o:afddfdsfa")

y = u'\n'.join(x)
As a consequence, .join tries to convert the byte string to
a Unicode string, and fails, because it contains non-ASCII
Why does this work with no exceptions

u = "\xe7abc"
x.append("%s:%s " % ("xfasfs", u))
% here is applied to a byte string, with all arguments also byte
strings. The result is a byte string.
and this doesnt
u = "\xe7abc"
x.append("%s:%s " % (u"xfasfs", u))
% is applied to a byte string, with one argument being a Unicode
string. The result is a Unicode string, where all byte strings
get converted to Unicode. Converting u fails, as it has non-ASCII
bytes in it.

Jun 27 '08 #2

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