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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49222] octave-io 2.4.3: xls2oct with "OCT" i

From: Philip Nienhuis
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49222] octave-io 2.4.3: xls2oct with "OCT" interface lost the ability to read german umlauts or °
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:28:10 +0000 (UTC)
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Follow-up Comment #10, bug #49222 (project octave):


Thank you very much, that cset helps out a lot - I can confirm what you write.
I pushed it with some minor edits here:

Now, writing to file still goes wrong. I suppose the conversion should go the
other way round then. Note that tidyxml is also called in oct2xls.m.
If I comment out the call to tidyxml in oct2xls.m, write the contents of
Andreas' file to disk and open it in Excel, I get complaints about illegal XML
IIRC one of the reasons I made tidyxml.m is that Excel (or LibreOffice, I
don't remember) didn't accept characters outside the range [32..127] in XML
text contents. Although I could find that nowhere in the ECMA specs.

For now I think the situation is acceptable. 
Unless a solution is soon found for writing/converting unicode back to
acceptable XML text I think I'll make a new io release Very Soon (hopefully in
time for the final Octave-4.2 mxe binaries to be made by JWE)
I think a note in oct2xls.m's texinfo header that XML chars outside 32..128]
will be stripped when writing to file might be sufficient may be useful.

What do you think?


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