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    Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    Hello -

    I'm just starting out with dbpa and I have a cd with non-ascii characters in album and track titles. I want everything to be plain ascii so it is consistent to search on.

    Is there a way to do this in dppa? I haven't been able to find a setting to do this.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    Sorry no option, there is no easy conversion, if you had non-ascii chars it they would likely convert to '?' which is not that useful.

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    Re: Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    Thanks for the reply.

    Looks like I'll write a utility to convert the obvious things (remove accent marks, etc) and then do the rest by hand.

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    Re: Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    You might find something in this thread useful:

    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...ii-equivalents

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    Re: Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    Thanks for the link.

    I can start off with the common letters and add to the list as I come across new ones.

    This is only an issue with some classical cd's that have album and track names in non-English languages.

    It should make searching easier since I'd never remember which letters had accents and I can use the standard plain letters.

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    Re: Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerW View Post
    I can start off with the common letters and add to the list as I come across new ones.
    This is only an issue with some classical cd's that have album and track names in non-English languages.
    I've had a huge problem with a variety of diacritics / accent marks in filenames. So I created a full set of character replacements. This won't affect content inside tags, but can help with actual filenames.

    Here's the forum post about it: https://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthr...159*post204159

    Here's the separate instructions page: https://gist.github.com/brandonjp/44...d0700aeef3cb3d

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    Re: Force only ascii (single byte 1-127) characters in filenames and tags

    Thanks for the info (sorry for the late reply).

    I wound up writing a program to process the flac files and remove all accent marks and other 'combining characters'.

    It was some work but doesn't need a table and catches everything that's not a plain letter.

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