QIF export from Moneydance of UNICODE data

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Andrei P

27 Nov, 2010 03:27 PM

When exporting data from Moneydance into a QIF file all non-ASCII data gets garbled up, i.e. UNICODE is not preserved, is replaced with a bunch of question marks.

  1. 1 Posted by Ben Spencer on 27 Nov, 2010 03:54 PM

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    According to the intuit website on QIF the format is an ASCII file format.


    Also according to Wikipedia "All the data in the [QIF] file is stored in ASCII strings"

    Unfortunately QIF is not a standard format, intuit never published a specification for the format and they modify it seemingly with every new release of Quicken.

    I think that it since the two major source on the file format state that a QIF file should be encoded in ASCII that Moneydance should produce an ASCII file. Doing otherwise would cause problems for programs that are expecting ASCII.

    Ben Spencer
    Moneydance Support

  2. 2 Posted by Andrei P on 27 Nov, 2010 04:23 PM

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    I would not (in general) argue that. Agree that QIF spec has never really seen a light of day, but there are suggestions on this very forum to use UNICODE in order to get data into Moneydance via QIF, should the treatment of this for exporting data not be the same?

    In the very least, it would be the right thing to at least give a user an option to export into an 8-bit space mapped to one of DOS/Windows expanded 8-bit code pages (e.g. CP1252 or CP866, etc.), rather than garbling up the data.

    Other than QIF and tab-delimited file, Moneydance would not seem to support any other means of data interchange with other applications...

  3. 3 Posted by Ben Spencer on 27 Nov, 2010 04:36 PM

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    I have created a suggestion ticket in our issue tracking system proposing the addition of an option to let the user specify the character encoding scheme used when exporting from Moneydance. The ticket is linked to this discussion such that watches on this discussion count as votes for the ticket.

    Ben Spencer
    Moneydance Support

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