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After doing some testing on this, it looks like MS uses latin1 (or something very close) internally.

I used a slightly modified version of the example script from Spreadsheet::ParseExcel, replacing the "print" with a database insert.

When processing some data from a spreadsheet into a PostgreSQL database, cells with symbols such as 0xae (ascii 92, the "registered" symbol, ®), I constantly came up against the database error:
DBD::Pg::db do failed: ERROR: invalid byte sequence for encoding "UTF +8": 0xae
After setting the client encoding to latin1 (keeping the database at UTF8):
$dbh->do("set client_encoding to latin1");

the data went in OK.

If there is a different/better way to process this, I'd be interested to know.

Update: there is a better way...
#!/usr/bin/perl use warnings; use strict; use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel; my $parser = Spreadsheet::ParseExcel->new(); my $workbook = $parser->Parse('Book1.xls'); binmode(STDOUT, ":utf8"); foreach my $worksheet ( $workbook->worksheets() ) { my ( $row_min, $row_max ) = $worksheet->row_range(); my ( $col_min, $col_max ) = $worksheet->col_range(); foreach my $row ( 1 .. $row_max ) { foreach my $col ( $col_min .. $col_max ) { my $cell = $worksheet->get_cell( $row, $col ); next unless $cell; next unless defined($col_mapping{$col}); my $value = $cell->value(); utf8::upgrade($value); ... store_in_database($value); ... } } }

rdfield


In reply to Re^3: Writing International Phonetic Alphabet symbols to Excel? by rdfield
in thread Writing International Phonetic Alphabet symbols to Excel? by cypress

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