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Reading (writing) unicode text from (to) files

You want to write some special characters to a file (e.g. f.write("voilá")) but you get immediately some unicode error in your face.

Instead of messing with the encode, decode methods, use the codecs module.

import codecs

# read
with codecs.open(fname, "r", "utf-8") as f:
    text = f.read()

# write
with codecs.open(tmp, "w", "utf-8") as to:

As can be seen, its usage is very similar to the well-known open function.

This tip is from here.

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