[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Problems exporting EAD with non-ASCII characters

Chris Fitzpatrick Chris.Fitzpatrick at lyrasis.org
Thu Aug 21 10:59:06 EDT 2014

Hi Kate,

Yeah, there was a problem that was a result of the XML library ASpace uses not liking non-ASCII characters in some situations.

There's a fix for this that will be included in the next release...sorry about the inconvience.


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Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Problems exporting EAD with non-ASCII characters

Hi, Kate-

I'm still learning AS, so you may have thought of this.

Have you tried converting your characters into UTF-8 Unicode before export?
Here's a handy conversion tool: http://unicode-table.com/en/#control-character


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On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM, Kate Tasker <ktasker at library.berkeley.edu<mailto:ktasker at library.berkeley.edu>> wrote:
Dear List,

Has anyone had any success with exporting EAD when component titles include diacritical marks (non-ASCII characters like é or ö)?

We are trying to export the EAD for a finding aid with about 30 diacritical marks, but the export crashes as soon as it encounters one of these characters. The characters were entered directly into ASpace using alt codes (for example ALT 148). We have also tried using the Windows character map to copy and paste the characters.

I tested this in our sandbox and was able to successfully export EAD, but we are not able to export from our production version.

There's a related Pivotal Tracker story here: https://www.pivotaltracker.com/s/projects/386247/stories/72522748

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!


Kate Tasker
Digital Collections Archivist
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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