Unicode is a group of character encoding formats that support most of the world's major languages. Several formats of Unicode are available today including UTF-8, UTF-16 and UCS2. It is becoming a popular encoding format as more data contains characters of multiple languages.
Follow the steps below to import a Unicode table into a personal geodatabase to be used in ArcGIS products.
- Determine the encoding format of the Unicode table. There are several encoding formats for Unicode. Verify the original data is displayed correctly using appropriate applications which can display Unicode data.
- Open a personal geodatabase (.MDB) in Microsoft Office Access. If one does not already exist, refer to ArcGIS Desktop Help for instructions on how to create a new personal geodatabase in ArcCatalog.
- Click File > Get External Data > Import.
- Navigate to the Unicode data.
- Click Import.
- Click the Advanced button to open the 'Import Specification' dialog. If the Advanced button is not available, skip to step 8.
- Select All for Language and select the correct Unicode format for Code Page.
- Continue in the wizard and complete the import.
- Open the new table in Access and ensure all characters are displayed correctly.
- This table can be used in ArcGIS to create a feature class, display Unicode text as labels on a map, and perform any other GIS operations once the table is correctly imported into a personal geodatabase.