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Created Jan 5, 2013

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import string
def translit1(string):
""" This function works just fine """
capital_letters = {
u'А': u'A',
u'Б': u'B',
u'В': u'V',
u'Г': u'G',
u'Д': u'D',
u'Е': u'E',
u'Ё': u'E',
u'Ж': u'Zh',
u'З': u'Z',
u'И': u'I',
u'Й': u'Y',
u'К': u'K',
u'Л': u'L',
u'М': u'M',
u'Н': u'N',
u'О': u'O',
u'П': u'P',
u'Р': u'R',
u'С': u'S',
u'Т': u'T',
u'У': u'U',
u'Ф': u'F',
u'Х': u'H',
u'Ц': u'Ts',
u'Ч': u'Ch',
u'Ш': u'Sh',
u'Щ': u'Sch',
u'Ъ': u'',
u'Ы': u'Y',
u'Ь': u'',
u'Э': u'E',
u'Ю': u'Yu',
u'Я': u'Ya'
lower_case_letters = {
u'а': u'a',
u'б': u'b',
u'в': u'v',
u'г': u'g',
u'д': u'd',
u'е': u'e',
u'ё': u'e',
u'ж': u'zh',
u'з': u'z',
u'и': u'i',
u'й': u'y',
u'к': u'k',
u'л': u'l',
u'м': u'm',
u'н': u'n',
u'о': u'o',
u'п': u'p',
u'р': u'r',
u'с': u's',
u'т': u't',
u'у': u'u',
u'ф': u'f',
u'х': u'h',
u'ц': u'ts',
u'ч': u'ch',
u'ш': u'sh',
u'щ': u'sch',
u'ъ': u'',
u'ы': u'y',
u'ь': u'',
u'э': u'e',
u'ю': u'yu',
u'я': u'ya'
translit_string = ""
for index, char in enumerate(string):
if char in lower_case_letters.keys():
char = lower_case_letters[char]
elif char in capital_letters.keys():
char = capital_letters[char]
if len(string) > index+1:
if string[index+1] not in lower_case_letters.keys():
char = char.upper()
char = char.upper()
translit_string += char
return translit_string
def translit2(text):
""" This method should be more easy to grasp,
but throws exception:
UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode characters in position 0-51: ordinal not in range(128)
symbols = string.maketrans(u"абвгдеёзийклмнопрстуфхъыьэАБВГДЕЁЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЪЫЬЭ",
sequence = {
for char in sequence.keys():
text = text.replace(char, sequence[char])
return text.translate(symbols)
if __name__ == "__main__":
print translit1(u"Привет") # prints Privet as expected
print translit2(u"Привет") # throws exception: UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode characters in position 0-51: ordinal not in range(128)
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