I have a browser which sends utf-8 characters to my Python server, but when I retrieve it from the query string, the encoding that Python returns is ASCII. How can I convert the plain string to utf-8?
NOTE: The string passed from the web is already UTF-8 encoded, I just want to make Python to treat it as UTF-8 not ASCII.
>>> plain_string = "Hi!" >>> unicode_string = u"Hi!" >>> type(plain_string), type(unicode_string) (<type 'str'>, <type 'unicode'>)
^ This is the difference between a byte string (plain_string) and a unicode string.
>>> s = "Hello!" >>> u = unicode(s, "utf-8")
^ Converting to unicode and specifying the encoding.
If the methods above don't work, you can also tell Python to ignore portions of a string that it can't convert to utf-8: