ftfy v4.0.0 Release Notes

Release Date: 2015-04-10 // almost 7 years ago
  • ๐Ÿ’ฅ Breaking changes:

    • 0๏ธโƒฃ The default normalization form is now NFC, not NFKC. NFKC replaces a large number of characters with 'equivalent' characters, and some of these replacements are useful, but some are not desirable to do by default.

    • The fix_text function has some new options that perform more targeted operations that are part of NFKC normalization, such as fix_character_width, without requiring hitting all your text with the huge mallet that is NFKC.

      • If you were already using NFC normalization, or in general if you want to preserve the spacing of CJK text, you should be sure to set fix_character_width=False.
    • The remove_unsafe_private_use parameter has been removed entirely, after two versions of deprecation. The function name fix_bad_encoding is also gone.

    ๐Ÿ†• New features:

    • ๐Ÿ›  Fixers for strange new forms of mojibake, including particularly clear cases of mixed UTF-8 and Windows-1252.

    • ๐Ÿ†• New heuristics, so that ftfy can fix more stuff, while maintaining approximately zero false positives.

    • The command-line tool trusts you to know what encoding your input is in, and assumes UTF-8 by default. You can still tell it to guess with the -g option.

    • ๐Ÿ”ง The command-line tool can be configured with options, and can be used as a pipe.

    • Recognizes characters that are new in Unicode 7.0, as well as emoji from Unicode 8.0+ that may already be in use on iOS.

    ๐Ÿ—„ Deprecations:

    • fix_text_encoding is being renamed again, for conciseness and consistency. It's now simply called fix_encoding. The name fix_text_encoding is available but emits a warning.

    ๐Ÿ—„ Pending deprecations:

    • ๐Ÿ‘ Python 2.6 support is largely coincidental.

    • ๐Ÿ“Œ Python 2.7 support is on notice. If you use Python 2, be sure to pin a version of ftfy less than 5.0 in your requirements.