[API-users] funny characters in common names / vernaculars for species

Guido Sautter sautter at ipd.uka.de
Tue Nov 24 00:35:58 CET 2015

Hi Jorrit,
> Thanks for your reply.
welcome as can be.

> Thanks for confirming that there’s an character conversion issue happening 
> somewhere.
> Since the mangled characters appear in both html and json provided by GBIF, 
> I’d say it is probably a gbif issue.
Well, what we can say at this point is that GBIF _has_ mangled characters ... 
which doesn't mean the mangling necessarily happened at their facilities.

> Is there a way to find out whether the invalid character handling occurs in a 
> data provider or within GBIF itself?
Sorry to say, no. That's why I stated that characters got mangled "at some 
point". All we can say is that it happened upstream from GBIF's API.


>> On Nov 23, 2015, at 3:14 PM, Guido Sautter <sautter at ipd.uka.de 
>> <mailto:sautter at ipd.uka.de>> wrote:
>> That usually happens when, at some point, UTF-8 encoded text is read as ANSI. 
>> It only happens if the text contains characters above 127 (0x79), however.
>> Hope that helps,
>> Guido
>>> Hey y’all:
>>> I am noticing some funny characters (e.g. "Wintergrün”) for species 
>>> available here:
>>> http://www.gbif.org/species/2882753/vernaculars
>>> Same is observed using the api:
>>> http://api.gbif.org/v1/species/2882753/vernacularNames
>>> I am assuming that the actual common name should be something like “Wintergrün”.
>>> While I was looking into this, I also noticed that no characterset is 
>>> specified in http response headers.
>>> Please confirm that this is expected behavior.
>>> thx,
>>> -jorrit
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