[gdal-dev] MapInfo TAB with WindowsLatin1 into Spatialite

Dan Putler dan.putler at sauder.ubc.ca
Thu Jan 19 10:27:13 EST 2012

Hi Jukka,

I think you need to get it to a text form, which GML does. However, 
rather than hand edit the file, I would run it through recode to convert 
the character encoding. It would be faster, and not be as error prone as 
doing by hand. The link to the recode product is: 


On 01/19/2012 01:48 AM, Jukka Rahkonen wrote:
> Hi,
> My MapInfo TAB files have attributes with WindowsLatin1 encoding. Direct
> conversion with ogr2ogr from Mapinfo formta into Spatialite seems to give wrong
> encoding in the Spatialite database. I have not discoverd any direct way for
> changing the encoding into utf-8 with GDAL yet. However, I feel that this way I
> have reached a correct result:
> - Convert from MapInfo into GML with ogr2ogr by using the configuration option
> --config OGR_FORCE_ASCII=no
> - Hand edit the resulting GML file and change it to have encoding="iso-8859-1"
> - Convert this edited GML file into Spatialite.
> Is this the correct way for handling this case?
> -Jukka Rahkonen-
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