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ASCII transliterations of Unicode text (Python module)

It often happens that you have text data in Unicode, but you need to represent it in ASCII for display. One could represent non-roman Unicode characters as "???" or "\\15BA\\15A0\\1610", but neither is useful to the user reading the text.

Unidecode tries to represent it in ASCII characters (i.e., the universally displayable characters between 0x00 and 0x7F), where the compromises taken when mapping between two character sets are chosen to be near what a human with a US keyboard would choose.

This module generally produces better results than simply stripping accents from characters (which can be done in Python with built-in functions). It is based on hand-tuned character mappings that for example also contain ASCII approximations for symbols and non-Latin alphabets.

unidecode is a Python port of the Text::Unidecode Perl module.

Package version:0.04.9-1


unidecode (0.04.9-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * Initial release (Closes: #649477)

 -- Stefano Rivera <>  Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:56:46 +0200


2011-09-23	unidecode 0.04.9

	* Fixed Python 2.5 installation issue.

2011-09-22	unidecode 0.04.8

	* License change to GPL to fit better with other Python modules and
	  to remove the issue of depending on Perl for licensing terms.
	* Always return a string object on Python 2.x. Before this patch,
	  unidecode() returned a unicode object on Python 2.x if the input
	  was a unicode object that con


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