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Old 05-04-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Trying to convert rtf=>ePub w/ calibre

Trying to convert a .rtf to ePub I get this error message:
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Job: **Convertir le livre: Les Dieux ont soif**
**tuple**: ('InvalidRtfException', u"'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 10: ordinal not in range(128)Invalid RTF: File not ascii encoded.\n")
**Traceback**:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "parallel.py", line 958, in worker
File "parallel.py", line 916, in work
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\epub\from _any.py", line 167, in any2epub
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\epub\from _any.py", line 86, in rtf2opf
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\lrf\rtf\c onvert_from.py", line 144, in generate_html
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\lrf\rtf\c onvert_from.py", line 134, in generate_xml
File "calibre\ebooks\rtf2xml\ParseRtf.pyo", line 237, in parse_rtf
InvalidRtfException: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 10: ordinal not in range(128)Invalid RTF: File not ascii encoded.


**Log**:
Converting RTF to XML...
line: 14 char: 11
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
line: 15 char: 11
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
line: 16 char: 11
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
line: 17 char: 11
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
line: 18 char: 11
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
line: 19 char: 11
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)
File "c:\docume~1\yvesgr~1\locals~1\temp\calibre_0.5.10 _97hnv4.rtf" does not appear to be RTF.
('InvalidRtfException', u"'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 10: ordinal not in range(128)Invalid RTF: File not ascii encoded.\n")
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "parallel.py", line 958, in worker
File "parallel.py", line 916, in work
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\epub\from _any.py", line 167, in any2epub
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\epub\from _any.py", line 86, in rtf2opf
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\lrf\rtf\c onvert_from.py", line 144, in generate_html
File "C:\Program Files\calibre\library.zip\calibre\ebooks\lrf\rtf\c onvert_from.py", line 134, in generate_xml
File "calibre\ebooks\rtf2xml\ParseRtf.pyo", line 237, in parse_rtf
InvalidRtfException: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 10: ordinal not in range(128)Invalid RTF: File not ascii encoded.
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is there sth I should know?
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:34 PM   #2
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Seems as your source rtf uses a Unicode or ISO character encoding and Calibre tries US-ASCII instead. You live in france? I guess your rtf uses ISO-8859-1 or ISO-8859-15 (or maybe just cp1252) then. You can tell calibre the source encoding in the "Layout"-section of the conversation dialog...
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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According to the RTF spec, RTF should never contain non ASCII characters, non ASCII characters should be ASCII encoded. Try saving your RTF as HTML and then converting it
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:17 PM   #4
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Seems as your source rtf uses a Unicode or ISO character encoding and Calibre tries US-ASCII instead. You live in france? I guess your rtf uses ISO-8859-1 or ISO-8859-15 (or maybe just cp1252) then. You can tell calibre the source encoding in the "Layout"-section of the conversation dialog...
Ooof! Thanks...
Do you have an English version of this? Only kidding :
Er... Yes I live in France (nobody's perfect) & I do what to what where did you say?
SO, seriously: I start from a .txt dowloaded from gallica; I take it in Word... oops sorry I converted it to .rtf so maybe that's the problem?
I also had a problem trying to import a (this time) .txt in LyX & it gave me all sorts of characters instead of accented letters...
(I can't possibly give up ePUB or Queen Z is going to be cross at me...)
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:18 PM   #5
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According to the RTF spec, RTF should never contain non ASCII characters, non ASCII characters should be ASCII encoded. Try saving your RTF as HTML and then converting it
Ok I'll try this thanks... (and thanks too to you, Netseeker)
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If you save it as HTML, use the "web page filtered" option (i.e. you want the simplest HTML Word will produce).

Another alternative might be to use OpenOffice, because Calibre can import its .otf files directly.
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Ooof! Thanks...
Do you have an English version of this? Only kidding :
Er... Yes I live in France (nobody's perfect) & I do what to what where did you say? [SIZE=1]
[SIZE=2]SO, seriously: I start from a .txt dowloaded from gallica; I take it in Word... oops sorry I converted it to .rtf so maybe that's the problem?

Uh, well. Is my english really that bad?
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According to the RTF spec, RTF should never contain non ASCII characters, non ASCII characters should be ASCII encoded. Try saving your RTF as HTML and then converting it
Afaik the current RTF spec allows ANSI characters (numerical range 128-255) within document text.
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Uh, well. Is my english really that bad?
Your English is perfect, it's your computerese I don't get
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If you save it as HTML, use the "web page filtered" option (i.e. you want the simplest HTML Word will produce).

Another alternative might be to use OpenOffice, because Calibre can import its .otf files directly.
Maybe I should get OpenOffice, hm?
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Maybe I should get OpenOffice, hm?
Actually I believe Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 can now create OpenOffice format files directly.
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Actually I have aa similar problem with some .rtf files of mine.

When I save them as html I get some weird code showing up throughout the document. When I save them as Open Office files as you suggested, Word won't even open them unless I convert them to ASCII first which again gives me weird code and screws up the formatting.

I have '07 SP2.
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I found a roundabout w/ LyX:
* In MSWord : save text as .txt / UTF8
* In Lyx : import .txt & export as .html => it seems to give acorrect HTML
Problem : you lose the "enrichments" of the .rtf (italics...)
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I found a roundabout w/ LyX:
* In MSWord : save text as .txt / UTF8
* In Lyx : import .txt & export as .html => it seems to give a correct HTML
Problem : you lose the "enrichments" of the .rtf (italics...)
Not a good solution then. Losing things like italics, bold, header styles and such is a really bad idea.

What's wrong with HTML from World using Web Page, Filtered?
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