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asked 2019-02-08 14:36:32 +0100

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My CSV-file is exported from an old DOS-program (Swedish). Now I want to open it in LO-calc. But I don't know how to get all the characters in the right format at once. (eg Swedish character as åäö and characters as é.

When I select Västeuropa (ASCII/USA)(on Swedish) - é is correct but åäö is not, and if I select Västeuropa (ISO-8859-15/EURO)(on Swedish) åäö is correct but é is not.

Think I tested most possible options, but not found right. Is there any possibility to solve this? (I can copy and replace all problem characters in LO but it is maybe ?? characters to replace and must be done everytime.)

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Have you tried ISO-8859-1 which is the European standard and a subset of Unicode. US/ASCII will not recognise many 'Swedish' accented letters.? Windows-1252 is a Windows version of ISO-8859-1 with some characters, mainly accents differing.. When did you create this file using DOS and what standard did you use when creating it? CSV does not tell you the coding used to create the file.

petermau gravatar imagepetermau ( 2019-02-08 16:12:06 +0100 )edit

Yes! (thank you!) I have tried Västeuropa (ISO-8859-1) Västeuropa (ISO-8859-14) Västeuropa (ISO-8859-15/EURO) The characters as .: åäö / ÅÄÖ and so on, is OK!. But still problem with é ( Can't see any differ between these)

Albireo gravatar imageAlbireo ( 2019-02-08 17:13:34 +0100 )edit

And Windows-1252 ? What year did you create the file? What language was the computer you were using. What keyboard? There are other Windows settings depending on the language.

petermau gravatar imagepetermau ( 2019-02-08 18:42:42 +0100 )edit

Try cp437.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-02-08 21:04:49 +0100 )edit

Yes! I have even tried Västeuropa (Windows- 1252/WinLatin 1) the result "åäö" no problem but é appears as a "square". I can create the file today, but only from an old computer (WinXP). I think that the program is originally an MS-DOS program (running under Windows). Has not tested running the program under newer OS. The program uses a very old database (BETRIEVE, later PERVASIVE). The language on the computer/program/keyboard is Swedish. The character has, for example HEX C5=Å C4=Ä D6=Ö and HEX 90 =É

Albireo gravatar imageAlbireo ( 2019-02-09 00:07:16 +0100 )edit

X 90 in 1252 is undefined and will give a blank square, likewise ISO-8859-1. Have you tried CP-437 which gives x80 as a Ç ?

petermau gravatar imagepetermau ( 2019-02-09 13:27:24 +0100 )edit

CP-437, though widely used for West/North-European DOS, has different assignments. i.e.

  • 0x8F = Å
  • 0x8E = Ä
  • 0x99 = Ö
  • 0x90 = É

of which only 0x90 = É matches.

Neither matches CP-850 that has the same assignments for these characters.

Good luck.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2019-02-09 20:21:47 +0100 )edit

The closest choice I have in LO-Calc is Västeuropa (DOS/OS2-437/USA)É is correct, but Swedish åäö is not ok!. I have even tried Västeuropa (DOS/OS2-850/internationell) the same here, É is correct but not åäö

Albireo gravatar imageAlbireo ( 2019-02-09 23:51:54 +0100 )edit

Share the file.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-02-10 10:01:55 +0100 )edit

How do I do that?

Albireo gravatar imageAlbireo ( 2019-02-10 13:08:49 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-02-09 20:30:14 +0100

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Wade through individual pages from and see which code the Å character (as it is not that commonly used) has assigned, if it is 0xC5 as you mentioned in one your comments then see if the other characters match.

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Thanks! Maybe I find the right character set, but is it available in LibreOffice? (I havent found the right character set i LO)

Albireo gravatar imageAlbireo ( 2019-02-10 00:20:59 +0100 )edit
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