4. String Services

The modules described in this chapter provide a wide range of string manipulation operations. Here's an overview:

string   Common string operations.
re   Regular expression search and match operations with a Perl-style expression syntax.
struct   Interpret strings as packed binary data.
difflib   Helpers for computing differences between objects.
fpformat   General floating point formatting functions.
StringIO   Read and write strings as if they were files.
cStringIO   Faster version of StringIO, but not subclassable.
codecs   Encode and decode data and streams.
unicodedata   Access the Unicode Database.

Information on the methods of string objects can be found in section 2.2.6, ``String Methods.''

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