Urlopen, BeautifulSoup and UTF-8

I'm just trying to get a webpage, but somehow the foreign character is embedded in the HTML file. This symbol is not displayed when I use View Source.

isbn = 9780141187983
url = "http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=%s" % isbn
opener = urllib2.build_opener()
url_opener = opener.open(url)
page = url_opener.read()
html = BeautifulSoup(page) 
html #This line causes error.

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\xa0' in position 21555: ordinal not in range(128)


I tried it too ...

html = BeautifulSoup(page.encode('utf-8'))


How can I read this webpage in BeautifulSoup without getting this error?


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2 answers

This error probably happens when you are trying to print a representation of a BeautifulSoup file, which will happen automatically if I suspect you are running in an interactive console.

# This code will work fine, note we are assigning the result 
# of the BeautifulSoup object to prevent it from printing immediately.
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup
soup = BeautifulSoup(u'\xa0')

# This will probably show the error you saw
print soup

# And this would probably be fine
print soup.encode('utf-8')




You can try this:

import codecs 
f = codecs.open(filename,'r','utf-8')
soup = BeautifulSoup(f.read(),"html.parser")


I faced similar issue with bs4



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