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Unidecode ASCII transliterations of Unicode text EXAMPLE USE from unidecode import unidecode print unidecode(u"\u5317\u4EB0") # That prints: Bei Jing DESCRIPTION It often happens that you have non-Roman text data in Unicode, but you can't display it -- usually because you're trying to show it to a user via an application that doesn't support Unicode, or because the fonts you need aren't accessible. You could represent the Unicode characters as "???????" or "\15BA\15A0\1610...", but that's nearly useless to the user who actually wants to read what the text says. What Unidecode provides is a function, 'unidecode(...)' that takes Unicode data and tries to represent it in ASCII characters (i.e., the universally displayable characters between 0x00 and 0x7F). The representation is almost always an attempt at *transliteration* -- i.e., conveying, in Roman letters, the pronunciation expressed by the text in some other writing system. (See the example above) This is a Python port of Text::Unidecode Perl module by Sean M. Burke <email@example.com>. REQUIREMENTS Nothing except Python itself. INSTALLATION You install Unidecode, as you would install any Python module, by running these commands: python setup.py install python setup.py test SUPPORT Questions, bug reports, useful code bits, and suggestions for Unidecode should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org AVAILABILITY The latest version of Unidecode is available from the GIT repository at http://code.zemanta.com/tsolc/git/wikiprep You can get it by running: git clone http://code.zemanta.com/tsolc/git/wikiprep COPYRIGHT Character transliteration tables: Copyright 2001, Sean M. Burke <email@example.com>, all rights reserved. Python code: Copyright 2009, Tomaz Solc <firstname.lastname@example.org> The programs and documentation in this dist are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl.