[Koha] German MARC record issues

Kevin O'Rourke lists at caboose.org.uk
Thu May 17 20:18:16 NZST 2007

Jason Ronallo wrote:
> I'd wait to see what other folks say first, but here's what I'd try. I
> can't speak for Canada but the records coming from LC should all be
> UTF-8 encoded (Leader byte 9 is set to 'a').
> Take a look at this page:
> http://wiki.koha.org/doku.php?id=encodingscratchpad
We preprocess our MARC records (using a Java program I wrote) to make 
sure we have some details correct (ISBN, DDC that matches the one on our 
book,...). This also handles the conversion from MARC-8 to UTF-8.

Our main problem with display of non-ASCII characters is finding fonts 
that actually contain the characters. We have some Arabic characters in 
records (not too difficult) and some records with odd accented 
characters from Nigerian languages (particularly Yoruba and Hausa). For 
example, this following letter should be a k with a hook at the top: ƙ

Lots of good advice on that Koha wiki page, thanks.


Kevin O'Rourke
ICT Coordinator, National Teachers' Institute, Kaduna, Nigeria
062 316972

More information about the Koha mailing list