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US-ASCII transliterations of Unicode text

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ASCII transliterations of Unicode text
that recognize CJKV complex charactors


from unihandecode import Unihandecoder
u = Unihandecoder(lang='ch')
print d.decode(u"\u660e\u5929\u660e\u5929\u7684\u98ce\u5439")

# That prints: Ming Tian Ming Tian De Feng Chui

u = Unihandecoder(lang='ja')
print d.decode(

# That prints: Ashita ha Ashita no Kaze ga Fuku


It often happens that you have non-Roman text data in Unicode, but
you can't display it -- usually because you're trying to show it
to a user via an application that doesn't support Unicode, or
because the fonts you need aren't accessible. You could represent
the Unicode characters as "???????" or "\15BA\15A0\1610...", but
that's nearly useless to the user who actually wants to read what
the text says.

What Unihandecode provides is a function, 'decode(...)' that
takes Unicode data and tries to represent it in ASCII characters
(i.e., the universally displayable characters between 0x00 and 0x7F).
The representation is almost always an attempt at *transliteration*
-- i.e., conveying, in Roman letters, the pronunciation expressed by
the text in some other writing system. (See the example above)

These are same meaning in both language in example above.
"明天明天的风吹" for Chinese and "明日は明日の風が吹く" for Japanese.
The character "明" is converted "Ming" in Chinese. "明日" is converted
"Ashita" but single charactor "明" will be converted "Mei" in Japanese.

This is an improved version of Python unidecode,
that is Python port of Text::Unidecode Perl module by
Sean M. Burke <>.


There is no required staff other than standard python libraries.
Because it is still under development for python3, you can use it
with python2.x.(>2.6)


You install Unihandecode, as you would install any Python module,
by running these commands:

python gendict
python genmap
python install
python test

If you got egg package, it is easy to install by
$ easy_install Unihandecode-0.42-py2.7.egg


To build egg package, we need additional instruction.

python gendict
python genmap
python bdist_egg


This library uses pickler that format is depend on platform
and python version.
You should re-create dictionary for each python version.


Questions, bug reports, useful code bits, and suggestions for
Unihandecode are handled on


The latest version of Unihandecode is available from
Git repository in

WARNING: There was Bazzar repository named
It has NOT been maintained and moved github entirely.


Unicode Character Database:
Date: 2010-09-23 09:29:58 UDT [JHJ]
Unicode version: 6.0.0

Copyright (c) 1991-2010 Unicode, Inc.
For terms of use, see
For documentation, see

Unidecode's character transliteration tables:

Copyright 2001, Sean M. Burke <>, all rights reserved.

Python code:

Copyright 2010,2011, Hiroshi Miura <>
Copyright 2009, Tomaz Solc <>


Copyright 2010-2013 Hiroshi Miura

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

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