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python3, regular expression and bytes text

> You cannot. First, \w in re.LOCALE works only when the text is encoded 
> with the locale encoding (cp1252 in your case). Second, re.LOCALE 
> supports only 8-bit charsets. So even if you set the utf-8 locale, it 
> would not help.
> Regular expressions with re.LOCALE are slow. It may be more efficient to 
> decode text and use Unicode regular expression.

Thank you, I guess I'm convinced to always decode everything (re pattern and text) to utf8 internally and then do the re search but then I would need to figure out the correct position, hmm - some ongoing investigation needed, I guess.