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    File_96 and UTF Files

    • Article Type: General
    • Product: Aleph
    • Product Version: 18.01

    We're trying to load records from the vendor China International Book Trading. They've supplied files in UTF-8 with the necessary data to spawn order records and items. However, upon completion of file_96, it looks like file_96 expects only MARC-8.

    Is there a way to deal with the UTF-8 and file_96? If not, is it possible to add a drop-down selection like manage_18 has so that different types of encoding can be used with file_96?

    This is a known problem with p_file_96. It is hardcoded to convert from MARC8 to Unicode. An advanced vendor loader (file-90) was implemented in v19. This new service has all the functionality of p_file_96 and additional functionality including character conversion routines, so p_file_96 will not be changed.

    To use p_file_96, you will have to explicitly convert this file from UTF-8 to MARC8 and then load it. Here are the steps to do the conversion:
    1) p_file_01
    2) p_file_02
    These two steps will convert the file to ALEPH Sequential Format.

    3) p_file_22 specifiying UTF_TO_MARC8
    This will do the character conversion. You can use the output of this step as the input to p_file_96.

    (Keywords: p-file-01 file_01 p-file-02 file_02 p-manage-18 manage_18 p-file-96 file_96)

    • Article last edited: 10/8/2013