[Digikam-devel] [Bug 155733] New: Make it possible to write/read unicode (or UTF-8) in IPTC metadata.

Johan Eneland Johan.Eneland at telia.com
Mon Jan 14 10:04:06 GMT 2008

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           Summary: Make it possible to write/read unicode (or UTF-8) in
                    IPTC metadata.
           Product: digikam
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Ubuntu Packages
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: digikam-devel kde org
        ReportedBy: Johan.Eneland telia com

Version:            (using KDE KDE 3.5.8)
Installed from:    Ubuntu Packages

In MaPiVi (http://mapivi.sourceforge.net/mapivi.shtml) it is possible to add non ascii-characters 
(for ex åäöÅÄÖ),  and it is still right characters when open IPTC for editing again.
So it is proven that at least the Swedish caracters can be written and read to/from a jpeg-file without being changed.

I also tested:
Linux>  exiv2 -pi testIPTC.jpg   # with the terminal character encoding=ISO-8859-1 (Western) 
which gave correct Swedish characters.
(Probably the encoding when written was the same (ISO-8859-1) I guess. )

It would be greate if it was unicode at both write and read. 
 If doing man exif2 unicode is mentioned so it is probably possible to use it.
 Linux>  man exif2 => .... "The  format of Exif Comment values includes an optional charset specifica‐
              tion at the beginning:  [charset=Ascii|Jis|Unicode|Undefined ]comment"...

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