[reportlab-users] UTF8 Encoded Strings

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Wed Oct 31 09:42:38 EDT 2007

How do I configure ReportLab to handle UTF8 strings in textobjects?

My data look like this tuple: (u'Jobs', u'Infrastructure'), and when I try
to print them using this for loop

for pairs in pairData:

this error is returned:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "learnRL.py", line 80, in ?
File "learnRL.py", line 70, in econRun
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/reportlab/pdfgen/textobject.py",
line 372, in textLine
self._code.append('%s T*' % self._formatText(text))
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/reportlab/pdfgen/textobject.py",
line 333, in _formatText
text = text.decode('utf8')
AttributeError: 'tuple' object has no attribute 'decode'

Do I need to explicitly convert the list of tuples before feeding them to


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