Hi Bern,


We use a special filter for text fields in Solr: ISOLatin1AccentFilter (see http://wiki.apache.org/solr/AnalyzersTokenizersTokenFilters#head-4ebf7aea23b3d6d34a1f8314f9de17334a3e2fac). You need to add this to the “index” and “query” section of the fieldtype “text” in the Solr schema.xml. The “all” field should have this type.


The second thing you need to make sure is that you have a perfect UTF-8 workflow. I have encountered several issues (unfortunately I did not have time to report them all back). Possibly, they are already corrected in the newest trunk version. Let’s see:

-          MySQL connection (as you mentioned), plus: if you are upgrading the database, check that the fez_record_search_key* tables are really on utf8_unicode_ci  (if not: you can change it manually with the MySQL query browser for each table).

-          Fulltext indexing: file class.fulltext_tools: check that it has the “-enc UTF-8” flag in the line exec(APP_PDFTOTEXT_EXEC." -enc UTF-8 -nopgbrk $filename $textfilename");

-          Class.fulltext_index: check updateFulltextCache to contain the line $fulltext = utf8_encode($fulltext);


You can do checks at several levels:

1.       MySQL table fez_fulltext_cache: should contain correct UTF-8 – i.e. when viewing in MySQL query browser or in SQLyog. This is the source for Solr, if it’s wrong here (e.g. double characters for diacritics), it will be wrong in Solr

2.       Solr Admin Backend: search for pid, e.g. “eth:12345” and check the XML. This should be correct when viewing in the web browser.

3.       Fez Editing Form (if correct here, it should be also correct when viewing). Make sure that your Smarty templates all have UTF-8 file encoding and UTF-8 character set.


Cheers, Kai




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Von: Bernadette Houghton [mailto:bernadette.houghton@deakin.edu.au]
Gesendet: Montag, 31. August 2009 03:19
An: Jauslin Kai
Betreff: Diacritics


Hi Kai, I note that you seem to have diacritics set up nicely at ETH – you can search with and without the diacritic character, e.g. either “hafliger” or Häfliger” will retrieve this author. This isn’t happening for us, though – we can only retrieve by searching with the diacritic.


I’ve added the following to my.ini, as per a previous message from you on fez-users –







(We also have a bit of an issue with diacritics displaying with strange characters in List view, with SOLR turned on, but this seems to be another story).


Any suggestions you can offer will be much appreciated.





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