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There are lots of comments indicating that the programmer is doing things wrong. But what is the right way to deal with encoding issues? Wait for code to break in production?

Whatever "best practices" there are for dealing with unexpected text encoding in Python, they do not seem to be widely well-known. I bet a large % of Python programmers (myself included) made the exact same errors the author had, with little insight as to how avoid them in the future.

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