I used Google Maps to get a text file with the elevation data from an area. Here it is:


Then I used QGIS to get a DEM but I got this error:

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I see that it is an encoding problem and I don't know what do I have to do. Please help me :)

  • The error comes from your path \Users\LOC~1. What is LOC~1 ?
    – gene
    Dec 18, 2016 at 17:14
  • I forgot that... my name is Loïc, is it easy to change my user name on Windows ? Dec 18, 2016 at 17:25
  • Sorry, I don't use Windows
    – gene
    Dec 18, 2016 at 17:28
  • You can create a new user, without special characters. But you will loose mails, favourites and passwords. So don't delete the old one until you are sure to have migrated everything.
    – AndreJ
    Dec 18, 2016 at 18:43

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Thanks to the comments I saw that this issue is due to my user name on windows which has an accent Loïc. I changed it.


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