Fw: Unicode filename problems

From: Peter_Constable@sil.org
Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 23:58:53 EDT

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    I wonder if anyone here has ideas on these matters.


    ----- Forwarded by Peter Constable/IntlAdmin/WCT on 05/30/2003 10:56 PM

    I have 3 LinguaLinks lexicons that I have converted into HTML pages - one
    for each entry. The languages use non-ANSI characters, so I also did a
    Unicode conversion at the same time.


    Everything works very well except that I cannot burn the files onto a CD
    because of the unicode values in the filenames. Roxio and Nero CD-burners
    don't accept some of the higher values found in the file names (using
    Jolliet, ISO9600 and UDF). Anyone have any ideas how to deal with this?
    For example, a filename with unicode value 026B, a tilde lower case L,
    causes problems.

    In the meantime, to get it onto CD, I decided to try and zip all the
    files. Turns out almost all the zippers out there DO NOT support Unicode
    filenames. Doug Rintoul found WinRAR
    (http://www.rarlab.com/rar_archiver.htm) which does the trick in the RAR
    format only. There is a RAR expander for Macintosh and Linux systems as
    well (all of these are $29 USD). So far, have not found a freeware
    solution that meets unicode filename needs. Have any of you run into this

    I could try to determine what Unicode values are causing problems on the
    CD burner and do an unacceptable-to-acceptable character translation in
    the filenames and the links to those filenames ... but that seems like a
    huge compromise. Also, it will be difficult to come up with a generic
    solution ... that is to say, I don't know what RANGE of values are
    unacceptable for characters in a CD filename. Jolliet is supposed to allow
    Unicode filenames according to the documentation I have seen.


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