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Re: Python-list Digest, Vol 61, Issue 443

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On Thu, 30 Oct 2008 13:50:47 +0300, Seid Mohammed wrote:
but still i am not clear with my problem. if i test this one
kk ='how old are you'
but in my case
>>>abebe = '*** *ሶ *ላ'
why the lenght is 23 while I am expecting to be 9 only. becuase I have 9
characters(including space) just typed. there must be a kind of trick
over it.
You have typed 9*characters but they are not encoded as 9*bytes. I guess
your environment uses UTF-8 as encoding, because mine does too and:

In [124]: abebe = '*** *ሶ *ላ'

In [125]: len(abebe)
Out[125]: 23

In [126]: s = '*'

In [127]: len(s)
Out[127]: 3

In [128]: s
Out[128]: '\xe1\x8a\xa0'

So that one character is encoded in three bytes. If you really want to
operate on characters instead of bytes, use `unicode` objects:

In [129]: u = abebe.decode('utf-8')

In [130]: len(u)
Out[130]: 9

In [131]: print u[0]

Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch
Oct 30 '08 #1
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