QFX encoding

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Hugo Frappier

16 Jan, 2011 07:03 PM

I am currently trying to see if I can move my data from Quicken 2003 for Mac to MoneyDance. So far so good! ;-)

But now, when I import a QFX file from my bank, accents are not dealt properly. I tried UTF8 encoding, ISO-8859-1 encoding, MacRoman and nothing works.

What is the expected file encoding for QFX?

  1. 1 Posted by Ben Spencer on 18 Jan, 2011 07:51 PM

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    The expected encoding is UTF-8

    Can you provide a part of the file that includes a transaction with an accent that I can pass on to the developers.

    Ben Spencer
    Moneydance Support

  2. 2 Posted by Hugo Frappier on 18 Jan, 2011 08:16 PM

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    Here you go. My banks generate a ISO-8859-1 (Latin 1) encoded QFX file. The one attached has accents.

    I tried convertinf to UTF-8, but the accents are not handled properly when import in MoneyDance.

    Have fun

  3. 3 Posted by Ben Spencer on 21 Jan, 2011 05:26 PM

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    I am sorry it took so long to get back to you. The problem was right under my nose and I still couldn't see it.

    The QFX file you have provided defines the ENCODING and CHARSET in the header of the file.


    If you remove the ENCODING:USASCII and CHARSET:1252 lines from the header Moneydance will default to UTF-8 will allows for the accented characters.

    Ben Spencer
    Moneydance Support

  4. 4 Posted by Hugo Frappier on 04 Feb, 2011 12:37 PM

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    Excellent. I'll write a folder action to remove those lines. I'll also check if the file is indeed in 1252. if not, I will report a bug to my bank, they should fix the encoding or remove the lines. But it's a bank, so that change might never happen.


  5. Ben Spencer closed this discussion on 04 Feb, 2011 01:55 PM.

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