[greenstone-users] encoding problem under linux

From jens wille
DateSun, 02 May 2004 15:23:15 +0200
Subject [greenstone-users] encoding problem under linux
hi there!

first of all i'd like to say that greenstone is really great; i just
learned about it a few weeks ago, but it's really powerful and fun
working with it.

at least that's what i like to think, because in fact i wasn't
really able to start having fun due to a major problem which i hope
somebody can help me with.

namely, i'm working with gsdl 2.50 under suse linux 9.0 with default
charmap ISO-8859-1 (LANG=en_US).

i have to build a collection from plain text files which contain
non-ascii characters - originally they are encoded in ISO-8859-1
(windows ansi).

the problem now is that i use these files to create a metadata.xml
by extracting text and inserting it into meta tags. as a consequence
this yields a "not well formed" metadata.xml!

i have been trying to get around this problem for several weeks now,
but i just don't get it done properly :-(
(the most promising attempt was to perform conversions at different
points in the process, but on the whole database this didn't work

i'd be glad, if someone could give me a hint...

...thanks in advance

jens wille