[Qgis-developer] Is there anybody interested whether QGIS 2.0 will support non-Latin1 Shapefiles?

Leyan ouyang.leyan.ml at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 19 23:26:54 PDT 2013

I do care a lot as is it essential for Chinese user to have a software 
able to read and write utf8 and gb2312 encoding without any issue. It 
seems QGis Master already mostly solved the issues I met with QGis 1.8, 
but I willing to help to make QGis 2.0 better in this aspect. What is 
the exact format needed for the test files?

On 04/12/2013 07:30 PM, Borys Jurgiel wrote:
> Hi All,
> As most of us know, QGIS 1.8 and 1.9 *in fact doesn't support Shapefiles* with
> encodings other than Latin-1. Assuming that all recent QGIS versions use GDAL
> 1.9, *the last usable version was 1.7.3* (at least for windows users in
> Poland). Thanks to the 'ignore shapefile encoding' workaround, QGIS built
> against GDAL 1.9 is at least able to open other encodings, however, the 'Save
> layer as' action still creates corrupted files unless you know how to trick the
> encoding selector as well as the layer creating options.
>  From my point of view it's just an *incredible regression*, as QGIS just
> doesn't support Shapefiles in most languages for a year or so. If there is
> anybody else interested in bringing back support for at least UTF-8 and cp12xx
> in QGIS 2.0 pleeeease join me ;)) and review the pull request:
> https://github.com/qgis/Quantum-GIS/pull/492#issuecomment-16282081
> Maybe someone have a better solution? Maybe someone can provide the test files
> Jürgen suggested? I don't believe nobody cares whether QGIS 2.0 supports not
> Latin-1 Shapefiles or not.
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