email.charset: Representing character sets
Source code: Lib/email/charset.py
This module is part of the legacy (
Compat32) email API. In the new API only the aliases table is used.
The remaining text in this section is the original documentation of the module.
This module provides a class
Charset for representing character sets and character set conversions in email messages, as well as a character set registry and several convenience methods for manipulating this registry. Instances of
Charset are used in several other modules within the
Import this class from the
Charset( input_charset=DEFAULT_CHARSET )
Map character sets to their email properties.
This class provides information about the requirements imposed on email for a specific character set. It also provides convenience routines for converting between character sets, given the availability of the applicable codecs. Given a character set, it will do its best to provide information on how to use that character set in an email message in an RFC-compliant way.
Certain character sets must be encoded with quoted-printable or base64 when used in email headers or bodies. Certain character sets must be converted outright, and are not allowed in email.
Optional input_charset is as described below; it is always coerced to lower case. After being alias normalized it is also used as a lookup into the registry of character sets to find out the header encoding, body encoding, and output conversion codec to be used for the character set. For example, if input_charset is
iso-8859-1, then headers and bodies will be encoded using quoted-printable and no output conversion codec is necessary. If input_charset is
euc-jp, then headers will be encoded with base64, bodies will not be encoded, but output text will be converted from the
euc-jpcharacter set to the
Charsetinstances have the following data attributes:
The initial character set specified. Common aliases are converted to their official email names (e.g.
latin_1is converted to
iso-8859-1). Defaults to 7-bit
If the character set must be encoded before it can be used in an email header, this attribute will be set to
Charset.BASE64(for base64 encoding), or
Charset.SHORTESTfor the shortest of QP or BASE64 encoding. Otherwise, it will be
Same as header_encoding, but describes the encoding for the mail message’s body, which indeed may be different than the header encoding.
Charset.SHORTESTis not allowed for body_encoding.
Some character sets must be converted before they can be used in email headers or bodies. If the input_charset is one of them, this attribute will contain the name of the character set output will be converted to. Otherwise, it will be
The name of the Python codec used to convert the input_charset to Unicode. If no conversion codec is necessary, this attribute will be
The name of the Python codec used to convert Unicode to the output_charset. If no conversion codec is necessary, this attribute will have the same value as the input_codec.
Charsetinstances also have the following methods:
Return the content transfer encoding used for body encoding.
This is either the string
base64depending on the encoding used, or it is a function, in which case you should call the function with a single argument, the Message object being encoded. The function should then set the Content-Transfer-Encoding header itself to whatever is appropriate.
Returns the string
quoted-printableif body_encoding is
QP, returns the string
base64if body_encoding is
BASE64, and returns the string
Return the output character set.
This is the output_charset attribute if that is not
None, otherwise it is input_charset.
header_encode( string )
Header-encode the string string.
The type of encoding (base64 or quoted-printable) will be based on the header_encoding attribute.
header_encode_lines( string, maxlengths )
Header-encode a string by converting it first to bytes.
This is similar to
header_encode()except that the string is fit into maximum line lengths as given by the argument maxlengths, which must be an iterator: each element returned from this iterator will provide the next maximum line length.
body_encode( string )
Body-encode the string string.
The type of encoding (base64 or quoted-printable) will be based on the body_encoding attribute.
Charsetclass also provides a number of methods to support standard operations and built-in functions.
__eq__( other )
This method allows you to compare two
Charsetinstances for equality.
__ne__( other )
This method allows you to compare two
Charsetinstances for inequality.
email.charset module also provides the following functions for adding new entries to the global character set, alias, and codec registries:
add_charset( charset, header_enc=None, body_enc=None, output_charset=None )
Add character properties to the global registry.
charset is the input character set, and must be the canonical name of a character set.
Optional header_enc and body_enc is either
Charset.BASE64for base64 encoding,
Charset.SHORTESTfor the shortest of quoted-printable or base64 encoding, or
Nonefor no encoding.
SHORTESTis only valid for header_enc. The default is
Nonefor no encoding.
Optional output_charset is the character set that the output should be in. Conversions will proceed from input charset, to Unicode, to the output charset when the method
Charset.convert()is called. The default is to output in the same character set as the input.
Both input_charset and output_charset must have Unicode codec entries in the module’s character set-to-codec mapping; use
add_codec()to add codecs the module does not know about. See the
codecsmodule’s documentation for more information.
The global character set registry is kept in the module global dictionary
add_alias( alias, canonical )
Add a character set alias. alias is the alias name, e.g.
latin-1. canonical is the character set’s canonical name, e.g.
The global charset alias registry is kept in the module global dictionary