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Old 09-03-2010, 05:21 AM   #1
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Problem converting txt to mobi

I convert txt to mobi with calibre using the output setting for Kindle. When I open these files on my Kindle 3 instead of " and ' etc. I only get squares.

Can anyone help me with this?
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:51 AM   #2
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I don't know enough about this, but have you had a look at the txt input options on the Calibre conversion tab ?

The only thing I can wonder is, what happens in the conversion when you check the 'Process through markdown' .

[but I could be barking up the wrong tree !]

edit : second thought, what does your resultant 'mobi' file look like in the Calibre viewer ?

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My guess is that your document contains smart quotes.Try playing with the 'Input character encoding' (in preferences) -- in particular, try 'cp1252'. Also try checking the box Transliterate unicode characters to ASCII.
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My guess is that your document contains smart quotes.Try playing with the 'Input character encoding' (in preferences) -- in particular, try 'cp1252'. Also try checking the box Transliterate unicode characters to ASCII.
I tried with ASCII which resulted in no special characters at all (no ", ', :, ?)

When I view the mobi file with calibre viewer its � instead of " and '.
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I tried with ASCII which resulted in no special characters at all (no ", ', :, ?)
What do you mean? Did you type ASCII into the Input character encoding box, or do something else?

Did you try cp1252?
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When I view the mobi file with calibre viewer its � instead of " and '.
That is a very strong indication of a character set problem.
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That is a very strong indication of a character set problem.

yep .....

As an alternative you could drop the txt into Sigil and create an epub from that. Calibre will give a decent mobi from the result if needed.
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I will try as you said, I'm sorry I can't explain it any better, English is not my first language.

EAT: I'm sorry but I can't find anyting with cp1252 in the calibre preferences. Under TXT Input only have 5 options, none of them are related to my issue. Could you pleas point me in the right direction again, thanks!

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I'm sorry but I can't find anyting with cp1252 in the calibre preferences. Under TXT Input only have 5 options, none of them are related to my issue. Could you pleas point me in the right direction again, thanks!
Under "Look & Feel" in the "Input character encoding" box enter "cp1252"

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So I tired cp1252 but i still get � instead of "/'. Is there something like a list with these caracter encodings I could try? Because whatever options I try I either have strange symbols or none at all, which makes reading dialogues pretty hard. Thanks for your help.
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Look at this post: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...52#post1085147

and this post: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...252#post989117

Also make sure you don't have the transliterate unicode to ascii box checked.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:16 PM   #11
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Thank you all for your help, depending on the input file, i have to change the input character encoding, but so far i mostly worked.
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