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Old 11-21-2011, 08:24 AM
Stefano Rivera
Default Bug#649477: ITP: unidecode -- ASCII transliterations of Unicode text (Python module)

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Stefano Rivera <stefanor@debian.org>

* Package name : unidecode
Version : 0.04.9
Upstream Author : Tomaz Solc <tomaz.solc@tablix.org>
* URL : http://pypi.python.org/pypi/Unidecode
* License : GPL-2+
Programming Lang: Python
Description : 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 "15BA15A01610", 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

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

This will be packaged under the Debian Python Modules Team.

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