[EpiData-list] EpiData in Vietnam

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Mon Jan 17 03:20:36 CST 2011

Hi Suzanna,

We recently used epidata for a project in China. We had a few difficulties initially but it turned out to be due to not having the local computer configured correctly for Chinese characters (there seem to be different packages providing support for chinese in windows). Once we had that done epidata we were able to create QES and CHK files in chinese and store chinese text in the REC files. 

It seems that programs like Word etc. render fonts themselves, so being able to write in non-English characters in Word or even notepad does not necessarily mean it will work straight away in epidata. But once the machine is configured correctly I think it should work. I haven't used windows for years, so I don't really know much about how it handles these things. 


On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 04:58:05AM +0100, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:
> I'll be running a course in Vietnam on questionnaire design and data
> management. As part of the course I'm thinking of adding a session on
> EpiData. Can anyone answer the following question: How do people in
> non-English speaking countries manage with EpiData? I don't mind the
> menus being in English because a translation of the menus into
> Vietnamese can be handed out to participants. What may be an issue is
> entering Vietnamese characters into the QES file and text fields. If
> Vietnamese characters are entered into the QES file, will they be
> displayed in the REC file? Also can field names contain Vietnamese
> characters or must these be English letters?
> Also, what is the forecast for the release of EpiData Manager and
> EpiData EntryClient in the completed stage, i.e. with checks and GCP in
> place? 
> Regards,
> Suzanna Vidmar
> Senior Research Officer
> Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit
> Murdoch Childrens Research Institute 
> Royal Children's Hospital
> Flemington Road Parkville Victoria 3052 Australia 
> telephone: +61 3 9345 6372
> facsimile: +61 3 9345 6000
> email: suzanna.vidmar at mcri.edu.au
> www.mcri.edu.au <http://www.mcri.edu.au/> 
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