I am currently using Beautiful Soup to parse an HTML file and calling
get_text(), but it seems like I'm being left with a lot of \xa0 Unicode representing spaces. Is there an efficient way to remove all of them in Python 2.7, and change them into spaces? I guess the more generalized question would be, is there a way to remove Unicode formatting?
I tried using:
line = line.replace(u'\xa0',' '), as suggested by another thread, but that changed the \xa0's to u's, so now I have "u"s everywhere instead. ):
EDIT: The problem seems to be resolved by
str.replace(u'\xa0', ' ').encode('utf-8'), but just doing
replace() seems to cause it to spit out even weirder characters, \xc2 for instance. Can anyone explain this?
\xa0 is actually non-breaking space in Latin1 (ISO 8859-1), also chr(160). You should replace it with a space.
string = string.replace(u'\xa0', u' ')
When .encode('utf-8'), it will encode the unicode to utf-8, that means every unicode could be represented by 1 to 4 bytes. For this case, \xa0 is represented by 2 bytes \xc2\xa0.
Read up on http://docs.python.org/howto/unicode.html.
Please note: this answer in from 2012, Python has moved on, you should be able to use