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Encoding (character encoding) is the method of assigning binary numbers to characters so that they can be processed by a computer.

The import and export functionality of fusion_place supports two widely used encoding schemes: UTF-8 and Shift JIS.


The most common encoding scheme based on Unicode, a character set.

Shift JIS

A character set/encoding scheme that has been used for a long time to represent Japanese on PCs.

Both are compatible with ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) characters, which include single-byte alphanumeric characters and symbols used in English (such as -, +, $, ", ', etc.). However, there is no compatibility for characters like Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana, so it is necessary to consciously choose between the two when dealing with files that contain these characters.

If you are creating a file to be imported into Microsoft Excel, or reading an exported file, Shift JIS may be more convenient. On the other hand, UTF-8 is becoming common in integration with core systems. Choose according to your needs.

The character set/encoding scheme "Shift JIS" selectable from the menu of [Manager] and [Browser] in fusion_place is based on a character set called "Windows-31J". This is an extension of the "Shift JIS" character set, known as "Shift_JIS", with special characters used in Windows added.