Shift_jis encoding issue?


Not sure what’s happening here:

I have a yml file with the following

address_1: ‘e$BOB2N;38)OB2N;3;Te(B’

I’m loading this into a structure (@test_data) and then accessing it to
insert the values into text_fields in ie through watir. So basically I’m
relying on a few thousand dependencies :0

In VIM, the value in the yml file is correct, but when I print out the
value to the cmd prompt, I get :


Which looks like a classic encoding issue (using 3 byte rather than 2 or

Given that Ruby hails from Japan, I’d have thought that someone has seen
something similar to this and would have a work-around/solution.
Googling hasn’t provided me with anything so far. Right now I’m not sure
if this is a YAML/Syck issue, a Ruby issue, a or Windows issue. I have
installed the Japanese laguage pack on windows and all the text from the
server is displayed correctly in IE, so my guess is that Windows is
configured correctly. As I mentioned, VIM is displaying the text
correctly, so it seems to be saved to the file-system using the correct
encoding, but after reading using YAML it doesn’t appear to be using the
same encoding…

I’ve just tried require ‘jcode’ to see if this resolves it - so far no

Any help greatly appreciated



Ok, some more info:

require ‘jcode’


I can print the correct value out to the cmd prompt with a simple:
p @test_data[‘pg_401’][‘address_1’]

However with:

I’m getting garbage. Now I’ve just tested copy/paste manually into ie
and that works fine, so it looks like YAML/Syck is off the hook and now
it seems to be more of a Watir problem.