Global Settings?

urwid.set_encoding(encoding)?

Set the byte encoding to assume when processing strings and the encoding to use when converting unicode strings.

urwid.get_encoding_mode()?

Get the mode Urwid is using when processing text strings. Returns ‘narrow’ for 8-bit encodings, ‘wide’ for CJK encodings or ‘utf8’ for UTF-8 encodings.

urwid.supports_unicode()?

Return True if python is able to convert non-ascii unicode strings to the current encoding.