unicode and dbf files

John Machin sjmachin at lexicon.net
Fri Oct 23 09:42:46 CEST 2009

On Oct 23, 3:03 pm, Ethan Furman <et... at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> John Machin wrote:
> > On Oct 23, 7:28 am, Ethan Furman <et... at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> >>Greetings, all!
> >>I would like to add unicode support to my dbf project.  The dbf header
> >>has a one-byte field to hold the encoding of the file.  For example,
> >>\x03 is code-page 437 MS-DOS.
> >>My google-fu is apparently not up to the task of locating a complete
> >>resource that has a list of the 256 possible values and their
> >>corresponding code pages.
> > What makes you imagine that all 256 possible values are mapped to code
> > pages?
> I'm just wanting to make sure I have whatever is available, and
> preferably standard.  :D
> >>So far I have found this, plus variations:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129631
> >>Does anyone know of anything more complete?
> > That is for VFP3. Try the VFP9 equivalent.
> > dBase 5,5,6,7 use others which are not defined in publicly available
> > dBase docs AFAICT. Look for "language driver ID" and "LDID". Secondary
> > source: ESRI support site.
> Well, a couple hours later and still not more than I started with.
> Thanks for trying, though!

Huh? You got tips to (1) the VFP9 docs (2) the ESRI site (3) search
keywords and you couldn't come up with anything??

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