Charset for Lookup-Engines

edited November 21, 2018
Hi there,

I created a lookup engine for the library of my university ( – but because we're in Germany, many publications have characters like ä,ö or ü in it.
The engine screws them up; and due to the fact I'm no developer or something similar, I have no idea how to fix that. Is there anybody out who can help me?

Here's the code for the lookup engine:

"name": "KIT-Katalog plus",
"alias": "KIT-Katalog plus",
"icon": "",
"_urlTemplate": "{z:title?}+{rft:aufirst?}+{rft:aulast?}+{rft:year?}+{rft:jtitle?}&tab=kit_pc&sort=date",
"description": "KIT-Katalog plus",
"hidden": false,
"_urlParams": [],
"_urlNamespaces": {
"rft": "info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal",
"z": "",
"": ""
"_iconSourceURI": ""

For all German users: I've made a video about that:
  • What exactly do you mean by “screw them uo”? Can you give an example?
  • When I try to look up this title:
    "Die wissenschaftliche Präsentation : Konzept - Visualisierung - Durchführung"

    the search in my library says (look for the umlauts)

    "Die wissenschaftliche Präsentation : Konzept Visualisierung Durchführung Henning Lobin"

    I guess there's something wrong with the text encoding (utf8, ISO-Latin-whatever). But I don't know, where I can set this encoding; neither in Zotero nor in the lookup engines code.
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