I am loading an .mdb (MS Access 97 or 2003) to QGIS (1.9) via the eVis database conection. Connecting to the mdb, selecting a table and displaying it as a point-layer through the appropriate x/y-fields works fine.

However in the attribute table the German Umlaute ä, ö, ü and also ß are displayed as inverted "?". After days of searching I don't really know how to tackle this one. I am grateful for any recommendation on how to fix this.

The umlaute in the mdb / attribute table are displayed correctly in ArcMap. I would love to get this running in QGIS.

  • MS Access databases will be displayed through ms access fix software In this entry access.fixtoolboxx.com you will find the wanted guide for ms access program
    – user23353
    Oct 27, 2013 at 22:38
  • Could you elaborate how this solves the issue at hand?
    – Paul
    Oct 27, 2013 at 23:16

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I would do it in this way : Layer Properties (Eigenschaften)> General (Allgemein) > Data source coding (Datenquellenkodierung) There choose UTF-8

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