Prepare a string for Google Ajax Search?
I have strings such as
["Tabula Rasa", "façade", "DJ Tiësto"]
I'm accessing Google Ajax API in Python using the base url:
base = 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/search/web' '?v=1.0&q=%s'
I'm having issues using these strings plain and noticed I have to transform certain characters,
eg. "Tabula Rasa" --> "Tabula%20Rasa"
But I have a huge list of these strings and I do not know of a way I can automatically prepare these string for the URL query.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
What you're looking for is urllib.quote():
>>> urllib.quote("Tabula Rasa") 'Tabula%20Rasa'
The non-ASCII strings may need to be recoded into the encoding expected by the Google AJAX API, if you don't have them in the same encoding already.