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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?

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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. 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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