By using this site, you agree to our updated Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Manage your Cookies Settings.
446,143 Members | 1,854 Online
Bytes IT Community
+ Ask a Question
Need help? Post your question and get tips & solutions from a community of 446,143 IT Pros & Developers. It's quick & easy.

[2.5.1] "UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte"?

P: n/a
Hello

I'm getting this error while downloading and parsing web pages:

=====
title = m.group(1)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe9 in position
48: ordinal not in range(128)
=====

From what I understand, it's because some strings are Unicode, and
hence contain characters that are illegal in ASCII.

Does someone know how to solve this error?

Thank you.
Oct 29 '08 #1
Share this Question
Share on Google+
3 Replies


P: n/a
Gilles Ganault wrote:
I'm getting this error while downloading and parsing web pages:

=====
title = m.group(1)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe9 in position
48: ordinal not in range(128)
=====

From what I understand, it's because some strings are Unicode, and
hence contain characters that are illegal in ASCII.
You just need to use a codec according to the encoding of the webpage. Take
a look at
http://wiki.python.org/moin/Python3UnicodeDecodeError
It is about Python 3, but the principles apply nonetheless. In any case,
throwing the error at a websearch will turn up lots of solutions.

Uli

--
Sator Laser GmbH
Geschäftsführer: Thorsten Föcking, Amtsgericht Hamburg HR B62 932

Oct 29 '08 #2

P: n/a
Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
Gilles Ganault wrote:
>I'm getting this error while downloading and parsing web pages:

=====
title = m.group(1)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe9 in position
48: ordinal not in range(128)
=====

From what I understand, it's because some strings are Unicode, and
hence contain characters that are illegal in ASCII.

You just need to use a codec according to the encoding of the webpage. Take
a look at
http://wiki.python.org/moin/Python3UnicodeDecodeError
It is about Python 3, but the principles apply nonetheless. In any case,
throwing the error at a websearch will turn up lots of solutions.
I won't believe that statement is producing the error until I see a
traceback. As far as I'm aware the re module can handle Unicode. Getting
a UnicodeDecodeError in an assignment would be unusual to say the least.
Though it's not, I suppose, impossible that calling the .group() method
of a match object might, it seems unlikely.

regards
Steve
--
Steve Holden +1 571 484 6266 +1 800 494 3119
Holden Web LLC http://www.holdenweb.com/

Oct 29 '08 #3

P: n/a
Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
Gilles Ganault wrote:
>I'm getting this error while downloading and parsing web pages:

=====
title = m.group(1)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe9 in position
48: ordinal not in range(128)
=====

From what I understand, it's because some strings are Unicode, and
hence contain characters that are illegal in ASCII.

You just need to use a codec according to the encoding of the webpage. Take
a look at
http://wiki.python.org/moin/Python3UnicodeDecodeError
It is about Python 3, but the principles apply nonetheless. In any case,
throwing the error at a websearch will turn up lots of solutions.
I won't believe that statement is producing the error until I see a
traceback. As far as I'm aware the re module can handle Unicode. Getting
a UnicodeDecodeError in an assignment would be unusual to say the least.
Though it's not, I suppose, impossible that calling the .group() method
of a match object might, it seems unlikely.

regards
Steve
--
Steve Holden +1 571 484 6266 +1 800 494 3119
Holden Web LLC http://www.holdenweb.com/

Oct 29 '08 #4

This discussion thread is closed

Replies have been disabled for this discussion.