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<div class="children"><h1>Strings</h1><div class="text">These methods are available on both regular and Unicode strings.</div><div class="definition"><a name="_capitalize">.capitalize() <div class="children"><div class="exclamation"><strong>Important:</strong> For regular strings, this method depends on the currently configured locale to decide what is 'lowercase' and what is 'uppercase'. <div class="children"></div></div><div class="text">Returns a copy of the string with the first character capitalized, and the rest of the characters lowercased.</div></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_centerwidthfillchar">.center(<span class="fixed">width</span>[, <span class="fixed">fillchar</span>]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns a copy of the string, centered by padding it with the fill character on both sides until the given width is reached.</div><dl><dt>width</dt><dd>The desired width of the final string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>fillchar</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The character to use as a fill character. This is a space character by default.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_countsubstartend">.count(<span class="fixed">sub</span>[, <span class="fixed">start</span>[, <span class="fixed">end</span>]]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns the number of non-overlapping occurrences of the given substring in the given range.</div><dl><dt>sub</dt><dd>The substring to search for.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>start</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The starting point for the search. Interpreted as in slice notation. Defaults to the start of the string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>end</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The end point for the search. Interpreted as in slice notation. Defaults to the end of the string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_decodeencodingerrors">.decode([<span class="fixed">encoding</span>[, <span class="fixed">errors</span>]]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns a <span class="fixed">unicode</span> string containing a copy of the original string, decoded using the codec registered for the specified encoding.</div><div class="text"><strong>Since Python 2.7:</strong> You can also specify the arguments to this method as keyword arguments, for clarity.</div><dl><dt>encoding</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The encoding that the string is currently in. If not specified, the value from <a href="sys.html"><span class="fixed">sys.getdefaultencoding</span></a> is used.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>errors</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The error handling scheme to use. Can be any of the following values, or any other name that is registered through <a href="codecs.html"><span class="fixed">codecs.register_error</span></a>.<div class="children"><dl><dt>strict</dt><dd>This is the default. Encoding errors raise a <span class="fixed">UnicodeError</span> exception, or a subclass thereof.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>ignore</dt><dd>When an error is encountered, ignore the character, and move on to the next one.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>replace</dt><dd>When an error is encountered, replace the problematic character with U+FFFD, for the built-in Unicode codecs.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></dd></dl></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_encodeencodingerrors">.encode([<span class="fixed">encoding</span>[, <span class="fixed">errors</span>]]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns a regular string containing a copy of the original string, encoded using the codec registered for the specified encoding.</div><div class="text"><strong>Since Python 2.7:</strong> You can also specify the arguments to this method as keyword arguments, for clarity.</div><dl><dt>encoding</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The encoding you wish to encode the string to. If not specified, the value from <a href="sys.html"><span class="fixed">sys.getdefaultencoding</span></a> is used.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>errors</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The error handling scheme to use. Can be any of the following values, or any other name that is registered through <a href="codecs.html"><span class="fixed">codecs.register_error</span></a>.<div class="children"><dl><dt>strict</dt><dd>This is the default. Encoding errors raise a <span class="fixed">UnicodeError</span> exception, or a subclass thereof.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>ignore</dt><dd>When an error is encountered, ignore the character, and move on to the next one.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>replace</dt><dd>When an error is encountered, replace the problematic character with U+FFFD, for the built-in Unicode codecs.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>xmlcharrefreplace</dt><dd>When an error is encountered, replace the problematic character with the corresponding XML entity.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>backslashreplace</dt><dd>When an error is encountered, replace the problematic character with the corresponding backslashed escape sequence.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></dd></dl></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_endswithsuffixstartend">.endswith(<span class="fixed">suffix</span>[, <span class="fixed">start</span>[, <span class="fixed">end</span>]]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns a boolean, indicating whether the string ends with the given suffix or not.</div><dl><dt>suffix</dt><dd>The suffix to check for. You can either specify a single string, or a tuple of strings to look for.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>start</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The starting point for the search. Interpreted as in slice notation. Defaults to the start of the string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>end</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The end point for the search. Interpreted as in slice notation. Defaults to the end of the string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_expandtabstabsize">.expandtabs([<span class="fixed">tabsize</span>]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns a copy of the string, with all tab characters replaced by one or more spaces, depending on the specified tabsize.</div><div class="text">The string is divided up into columns, each of which is as wide as the given tabsize. After every part of the string that is not a tab character, the current column is filled up with one or more spaces, until the next column 'border' is reached. If there are multiple tab characters in a row, the remaining tab characters will fill up an entire column each.</div><div class="exclamation"><strong>Important:</strong> Every character that is not a tab, newline or return, will be treated as being one position wide, even if they are not displayed when printing the entire string. <div class="children"></div></div><dl><dt>tabsize</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The amount of spaces that a tab character should be replaced with, at most. Defaults to 8.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></a></div><div class="definition"><a name="_findsubstartend">.find(<span class="fixed">sub</span>[, <span class="fixed">start</span>[, <span class="fixed">end</span>]]) <div class="children"><div class="text">Returns the first position in the string where the given substring is found. If the substring is not found, the value <span class="fixed">-1</span> is returned.</div><dl><dt>sub</dt><dd>The substring to search for.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>start</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The starting point for the search. Interpreted as in slice notation. Defaults to the start of the string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl><dl><dt>end</dt><dd><em>Optional.</em> The end point for the search. Interpreted as in slice notation. Defaults to the end of the string.<div class="children"></div></dd></dl></div></a></div></div>
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