for perl wizards.
kline at thought.org
Sun Oct 11 08:11:57 UTC 2009
On Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 12:26:25PM +0200, Oliver Fromme wrote:
> Gary Kline <kline at thought.org> wrote:
> > Whenever I save a wordpeocessoe file [OOo, say] into a
> > text file, I get a slew of hex codes to indicate the char to be
> > used. I'm looking for a perl one-liner or script to translate
> > hex back into ', ", -- [that's a dash), and so forth. Why does
> > this fail to trans the hex code to an apostrophe?
> > perl -pi.bak -e 's/\xe2\x80\x99/'/g'
> You need to escape the inner quote character, of course.
> I think sed is better suited for this task than perl.
> > If there any another other tools, I'm interested!
> That "hex code" rather looks like UTF-8.
> For conversion between character encodings I recommend recode
> from the ports collection (ports/converters/recode).
> For example, to convert file.txt from UTF-8 to ISO8859-15:
> $ recode utf8..iso8859-15 file.txt
> To preserve the previous file contents, do this:
> $ recode utf8..iso8859-15 <old.txt >new.txt
recode works just fine, thanks. i'm not sure if openoffice asks
to use 8859-1 or utf8, but yes, the text is interspersperced with
bits of utf8.
FWIW, I did check this on google before my post; still couldn't
find anything that worked. and of course, above, with the " ' "
i did try escaping the punctuation. my shell gave me problems
regardless. dunno ... so i asked here:-)
thanks to everyone,
> Best regards
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> "Python tricks" is a tough one, cuz the language is so clean. E.g.,
> C makes an art of confusing pointers with arrays and strings, which
> leads to lotsa neat pointer tricks; APL mistakes everything for an
> array, leading to neat one-liners; and Perl confuses everything
> period, making each line a joyous adventure <wink>.
> -- Tim Peters
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