[Loadstone] Special characters rejected by POI2LoadStone converter

Rob Melchers rob at loadstone-gps.com
Tue Mar 4 21:08:08 GMT 2008

The POI converter can't handle comma's in the name field, it was built to 
handle a very simple name format as provided by POI Factory. Either remove 
all comma's from the name fields or give me some time to make a special 
entry to handle this problem.


At 3/4/2008, you wrote:
>my text strings are always enclosed in double quotes, here is an example. As
>you can see, there are some foreign characters in texts, but the file is
>also always in UTF-8 before conversion starts:
>12.819387,50.369765,"Abertamy (KV), velká obec"
>14.340893,48.936194,"Adámek (CB), samota"
>18.323563,49.356772,"Adamík (VS), samota"
>18.260832,49.423729,"Adámky (VS), samota"
>16.66343,49.295163,"Adamov, ¾el. stanice"
>16.654163,49.300793,"Adamov (BK), velká obec"
>When converting, I tried to use this very small file, typed "62315" as my
>user id, selected "ABC Lon,Lat,Name" and "Include header", no luck either,
>the output file has the text after commas removed. Please help.
>Petr Rehak
>-----Original Message-----
>From: loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com
>[mailto:loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com] On Behalf Of Shawn Kirkpatrick
>Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 3:47 PM
>To: loadstone at loadstone-gps.com
>Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Special characters rejected by POI2LoadStone
>This is a limitation of the poi converter, loadstone itself doesn't care
>what characters are in a point name. The only thing I wouldn't put in a
>point name is a quote " but even that should be handled correctly. It's
>probably best to keep punctuation to a minimum in point names anyway. This
>makes searching a bit easier and probably cuts down on extra characters
>being spoken depending on punctuation mode.
>On Tue, 4 Mar 2008, Rob Melchers wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > These characters are deleted by the POI converter:
> > questionmark ?
> > less than <
> > Greater than >
> > left bracket [
> > right bracket ]
> > apostrophy '
> >
> > Rob
> >
> > At 3/3/2008, you wrote:
> >> Hi list,
> >>
> >> could anyone (perhaps developers) specify all characters that are
> >> by the online POI2LoadStone converter? I tried to convert my POIs
> >> containing
> >> a comma and the text following the comma including it was always stripped
> >> off POI names. Some time ago, I was told that a greater than sign cannot
> >> used, so what else? I am making a script for preparing POIs into a CSV
> >> from multiple CSV and other files, so what characters should I define as
> >> forbidden? Thanks.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >>
> >>
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