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What to do when converting Excel-supplied data to Unicodeby davis (Vicar)
|on May 23, 2006 at 10:44 UTC||Need Help??|
davis has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I'm trying to extract data from Excel spreadsheets. I'm pretty sure most of the data in these spreadsheets is encoded as ISO 8859-1. Because this data is going into an XML file, and from there into a MySQL database, I'm trying to do The Right Thing and coerce the data into Unicode as early as possible.
Here's the problem:
At the moment, I'm writing character-specific code that processes each character on a case-by-case basis. E.g. I'm converting Excel's rendition of em dash to "--". Is this the best way of doing it? should I be decodeing from a different character set?
Update: It looks like the em dash character is in Windows-1252, a superset of ISO 8859-1... perhaps that's the encoding I'm seeing... but using "cp1252" as the argument to decode doesn't seem to fix the problem.
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