The following forum message was posted by ndegendogo at http://sourceforge.net/projects/karatasi/forums/forum/906106/topic/3402294:
the UTF-8 encoding is the default for the csv import to karatasi, but it is
not the only encoding supported.
You can select the encoding for reading the csv file in the menu Fiile
This feature is available since karatasi version 0.2.1.
So try to find out the character encoding how your Excel file was stored.
If the encoding matches, then also special characters should display fine (as
long as the iPhone display driver supports them).
The following forum message was posted by sidneyf at http://sourceforge.net/projects/karatasi/forums/forum/906106/topic/3402294:
That was the exactly what I needed. I just had never noticed that the CSV import
coding could be specified in karatasi java. As it turned out, mine was set
to "System Default" which may be UFT-8, but I ran it with specifically choosing
UFT-8 as my setting. I got the all my characters including the full French character
set and all the phonetic (IPA) symbols properly resolved on my iPhone.
I never did find out what MS/Excel uses for "save as..." when you specify "csv"
format, but whatever it is, it isn't uft-8 and I could never get it to come
out as uft-8. Instead, I opened my Excel file in Open Office Calc where the
"save as..." plainly leads you through all the specifications to the proper
unicode. It also puts quotes around the text in each cell so that internal
commas don't ruin the cell layout when you export.
Anyway, MS/Excel (.xlsx) to OO Calc to (.cvs) to karatasi java import works