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  1. DSpace
  2. DS-29

Imporper display of Umlauts / Encoding of messages_de.xml - ID: 2413800


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed (View Workflow)
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 1.5.2
    • Component/s: XMLUI
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      The file


      starts with the line:

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>

      as opposed to all other message files starting with

      <?xml version="1.0"?>

      I have Dspace 1.4.2 with Manakin 1.1a installed as a test installation and
      loaded this file, knowing that it would not work flawlessly because it is
      meant for a newer version of Manakin. In my test instance Umlauts did not
      display properly. However, I found that I am not the only one with this
      issue and most installations of DSpace 1.5 that are already using Manakin
      as their interface show the very same behaviour. E.g.


      I changed the first line to

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>,

      rebuilt using ant build_wars. Now, my display is fine:


      I am confident that omitting the encoding completely would work as well,
      but I had not seen before that every other language file did it that way. I
      am willing to test it if it is worth anything to test it under Manakin
      I guess Claudia who wrote this file has a different setup for her Apache or
      JSP container so that the same thing works fine at her place with the
      encoding as set in the file. This is why I report my locale setting:


      I suggest that the first line of the messages_de.xml file in the repository
      should be changed to either ommit the encoding or setting it to UTF-8 so
      that messages get displayed properly on sites where the file is just used
      without people in charge being aware that their site looks weird if seen in
      a language which is not their mother tongue. Their could be an additional
      comment line giving a hint to german users on how to switch back in case
      their server setup requires them to do so.

      Bye, Christian Völker, stadtteilgeschichten.net e.V.




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              kipkorir2008 Charles Kiplagat
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