Am 20.12.2016, 11:05 Uhr, schrieb Drexel Peter
please, can anyone tell me what default encoding QGIS uses when loading
In my QGIS 2.14.7 on Windows 7 64bit „Ignore shapefile encoding
declaration“ is checked,
so if I load a Shapefile with a corresponding utf-8-cpg-file using “drag
and drop” it is encoded as >‘system’ and the encoding is wrong (what
encoding is ‘system’?).
If I load a Shapefile with a corresponding utf-8-cpg-file using “Add
Vector Layer” it is encoded as >‘utf-8’ and the encoding is fine.
In both cases I can change the data source encoding in the properties
Is it possible to change the behavior of drag and drop to use utf-8
If I uncheck „Ignore shapefile encoding declaration“
and load the shapefile either using “Add Vector Layer” or drag and drop
the cpg-file is interpreted >correctly and the encoding is set to utf-8.
But now I cannot change the data source encoding in the properties
I think it should still be possible to change the encoding in the
welcome to the Babylon of computer stone age ;)
I think a lot of people share your confusion with codepages.
Your "system" encoding is that of your Windows, so presumably (in Western
Europe) windows-1252 or CP1252 or ISO 8859-15.
On a Linux system, it is normally UTF-8.
I often run into problems with the encoding on my Linux system when
dealing with files from Windows systems and vice versa.
Having files of mixed encodings in a project is a nightmare.
Those problems also seem to derive from files like gpx, kml etc. which
always seem to be generated using UTF-8.
So even when I decide to handle everthing in Windows-style and convert
files to windows-1252, those UTF-8 files bring in problems.
Same with the processing toolbox, where some algos happily switch the
When unchecking „Ignore shapefile encoding declaration“, UTF-8 seems to be
used internally (see https://hub.qgis.org/issues/11019).
But I have problems understanding all this, and worse, QGIS seems to not
understand all this as well all the time.
P.s. Haven't touched ArcGIS for years. How does this handle different code
pages in a project?
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