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  1. #1
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    Japanese Data
    Hello, I'm a new WebMerge user. I'm trying to set WebMerge up with my Bento database of hot springs in Japan in order to make a review webpage.

    I'm trying to export my data from Bento to WebMerge using csv files. On my test runs any field that contains Japanese text repeats the previous, non-Japanese data in that field.

    Here's what WebMerge looks like with my data straight from Bento's export to csv...



    Here's what WebMerge looks like after I take that csv open it in TextWrangler and re-save it but encoded as Shift-JIS.

    Am I correct in assuming that I need to get the Japanese text to appear in WebMerge? Is a problem about how I produce my csv files?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    -David

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    We've found some issues regarding Shift-JIS and some other Unicode flavors in WebMerge 2.6, and are working to resolve these in v2.7.

    We may not be able to display Japanese in the sample field shown in your screen shot, but we definitely want to see if we can have the text copied properly from your sources into your pages without alteration.

    Could I trouble you to please send me a Zip archive of one of your source files? That will be very helpful in our testing.

    You can email that to me at webmerge@fourthworld.com

    Thanks in advance -
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    By source files you mean the csv I've generated from Bento?

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    Yes, the file you're loading into WebMerge to make your pages from as shown in your screen shots.

    Thanks -
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    Yes, the file you're loading into WebMerge to make your pages from as shown in your screen shots.

    Thanks -
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    Hello Richard,

    I have the same issue. My database contains multilanguage characters (armenian, russian, japanese, chinese etc) . I sent you an email at webMerge [at] fourthworld.com with the source as an attachement on August 16. Can you please advice whether you received it and whether it is useful for developping the 2.7 version?

    Cheers,

    Fabio

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    Thanks for the follow-up, Fabio. Yes, I got your email. This is a rather sticky issue, requiring some deep revisions. I'm still trying to see if I can fix that for v2.7, and will drop you a note as soon as I have a build for you to test.
    Richard Gaskin
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    I found a temporary solution. I encode most of the foreign languages into hmtl code with the online tool at http://www.unicodetools.com/unicode/convert-to-html.php
    Then I copy the html code to a new database column and export that into webmerge.
    If you have a hard time implementing the utf-8 unicode support in webmerge 2.7 you might consider to add a separate tool that does the trick like the one online.

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    Thanks for the tip, Fabio. It's been a long and often challenging path to incorporate Unicode support robustly in WM, but I think we have a good method for handling both UTF8 and UTF16 coming up in v2.7.

    I'll post a note here when it's available for testing.
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
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