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Subject: Re: Unicode question

Re: Unicode question

From: Magnus Holmgren <>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 08:59:50 +0100

Johan Vromans wrote:

> $ id3info Anúna/Anúna/09_Bean_Pháidín\;_An_Poc_Ar_Buile.mp3
> *** Tag information for Anúna/Anúna/09_Bean_Pháidín;_An_Poc_Ar_Buile.mp3
> === TYER (Year): 1993
> ...
> === TPE1 (Lead performer(s)/Soloist(s)): An a
> === TALB (Album/Movie/Show title): An a
> === TIT2 (Title/songname/content description): Bean Ph d / An Poc Ar Buile
> (In reality the space between "An" and "a" contains non-displayable
> glibberish, likewise "Ph" "d")
> So, if the ID3 tags are in ISO-8859.1, how come RockBox displays the
> contents correctly? Or am I overlooking something?

ISO 8859-1 includes quite a few non-ASCII chars (as you can see here:, so I don't see what is so strange
about that. If that doesn't work with id3info, I'd blame id3info, or
perhaps the shell configuration... :)

The fact that the "n" of "ún" and the "i" of "ái" is missing makes be
suspect that id3info outputs the text as ISO 8859-1 but the shell
displays it as UTF-8.


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