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  1. Plugins
  2. CONTRIB-3359

Turnitin adds BOM character into Gradebook export - this seems to cause corruption

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    • Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Critical
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • 1.9.16
    • None
    • Module: Turnitintool
    • None
    • MOODLE_19_STABLE

    Description

      To reproduce...

      1. Choose or create a course and add a gradeable activity (e.g. Assignment). Also add a few users.
      2. Go to the Gradebook and export in text format - default values are fine.
      3. Open in a good text editor. I used command line 'vim'. Note that the export is fine
      4. Add a turnitin activity to the course.
      5. Repeat the export
      6. This time - note the BOM has appeared in the header item immediately before the turnitin activity.

      The appearance in Vim is thus:

      First name,Surname,ID number,Institution,Department,Email address,Assignment: Dummy activity<feff>,Turnitin Assignment: Test turnitin

      The '<feff>' is the character for a Byte Order Mark.

      When exporting Excel files the file is completely corrupted as a result. I have not (yet) checked this with Moodle 2

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              paul.dawson Paul Dawson
              howardsmiller Howard Miller
              Paul Dawson
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