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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doran, Michael D
> Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 1:48 PM
> To: 'Code for Libraries'
> Subject: RE: [CODE4LIB] marc-8
> > Okay. How do I go about converting MARC-8 encoded records into UTF-8?
> In Perl... using the handy MARC::Charset module (tip 'o the hat to Ed
> Summers, and now maintained by Galen Charlton).
> -- Michael
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> > Lease Morgan
> > Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 1:39 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] marc-8
> > On Oct 24, 2011, at 2:34 PM, Doran, Michael D wrote:
> > >> In Perl, how do I specify MARC-8 when reading (decoding) and writing
> > >> (encoding) data?
> > >
> > > You can't. MARC-8 is a character set that is unknown to the operating
> > system. Your best bet is to convert MARC-8-encoded records into UTF-8.
> > /me throws his hands up in the air and screams!
> > Okay. How do I go about converting MARC-8 encoded records into UTF-8? I
> > yaz-marcdump changes the encoding bit in MARC leaders. Does it also
> > MARC-8 characters to UTF-8? (I guess I could simply try it and see what
> > happens.)
> > --
> > Eric Morgan