Python Tip - Remove leading special characters from a String

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Python Tip - Remove leading special characters from a String

PythonI have started learning Python, yeah the scripting language.

It is very powerful... this is a tip i couldn't find in the net...

This code snippet cuts off any non-alphanumeric characters from the start of the string message, including unicode (like \xa2).

temp = ""
f = False
for j in message:
if f == False:
if curses.ascii.isalnum(j):
f = True
temp = temp + j
else:
temp = temp + j
message = temp


You can change the script to crop off anything other that characters by changing isalnum to isalpha.

Courtesy: Balagopal


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