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Python | ascii method

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Python's ascii(~) method returns a printable representation of an object as a string. It escapes non-ASCII characters using \x, \u or \U.

Parameters

1. obj | object

The object to return a printable representation for.

Return value

A printable representation of the input object as a string.

Examples

Basic usage

To return a printable representation of 'marché':

ascii('marché')
"'march\\xe9'"

é is not an ASCII character hence it is escaped to \xe9. The \x indicates that what follows it is a hexadecimal value.

NOTE

The output is returned inside double-quotes. This means when this result is passed to eval() we will return a properly escaped version of the original object. The extra \ is added before \xe9 to make it escaped.

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