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I have an XML file with some strings.
The strings are mixture of normal alphabets with chinese character and eastern european char sets (UTF-8).

After I extract the strings I want to get the length.
I'm expecting  'í' to return length of 1 instead of 2.
Can somebody help.

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8/22/2022 - Mon

You have to convert a "plain old string" to unicode string. Basically, the plain old string is a sequence of bytes and UTF-8 is a way how to encode a unicode string into a sequence of bytes. On the other hand, unicode string is somehow more specific. There is no encoding (almost). The values of the characters are stored all the same way.

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I'm using minidom module. When I read the XML, it'll save it in unicode (i.e. u'\x??\x??).
When I use the len(), it'll give me the number of bytes stored instead of what I'm expecting which is the displayed character.
I'm kinda confused on how to get around this problem. The string in the XML would include 20+ languages, chinese, japanese to russian.

I'll try the links u provided and see if it'll help.

I found my mistake. I set the XML encoding wrongly. I set as ascii instead of utf-8. Anyway thanks for the reply.
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