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How to read Greek fonts (ISO-8859-7) in shapefile attributes within QGIS 1.8.0?

My shapefile contains turkish (latin) letters. (see: http://www.5goldig.de/Tuerkische_Tastatur/Tuerkisch-Buchstaben.html) The encoding of the shapefile is UTF-8 and I also tried ISO-8859 and several others but the letters are still like that:

ApıÅkar Geçit -> Apişkar Geçit

Is it because of the encoding or is there a other reason?

marked as duplicate by blah238, whuber Jan 13 '13 at 17:01

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    Do you also have a .cpg alongside? I can't find definite info, so my wild guess here is that the shapefile format does not support unicode by default and the characters got corrupted while saving. – lynxlynxlynx Jan 13 '13 at 15:09
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    Repeated question? Please, take a look at "How to read Greek fonts (ISO-8859-7) in shapefile attributes within QGIS 1.8.0?" (goo.gl/qqhnK). – dariapra Jan 13 '13 at 15:51
  • See also gis.stackexchange.com/questions/31885/… – Mike T Jan 13 '13 at 18:57

Open the DBF file in LibreOffice Calc or OpenOffice Calc, provide the encoding (UTF-8) and save it from there.

  • Some people has reported that his solution does not work. – dariapra Jan 13 '13 at 15:54

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