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    Reading German text


    I'm trying to read simple text files in German using Python. I'm using the built-in file functions ('open', etc.). The problem is that characters with umlauts (for example, a with two dots over it) are not reading correctly. Can anyone tell me how to read text files in unicode? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Reading German text

    It depends what encoding was used to save the file you're reading. If it's a plain text file it most probably is encoded with latin1 or utf8. To read this as unicode use the following code:

    f = open(filename, 'r')
    text = f.read().decode('latin1')
    For utf8 substitute 'latin1' with 'utf8'. Keep in mind that these two are not the only ones.

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