Why don't you just set the character encoding to Unicode/UTF8? Won't that then allow you to use those characters without causing validation errors? Or is my knowledge of these things deficient? Cheers Ken ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bird, Graham" <Graham.Bird at rspb.org.uk> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 5:50 PM Subject: Re: [thelist] Removing Microsoft Word special characters : Hi, : : Thanks for the tips on copy and paste but I can see now that didn't explain : myself properly. I need to strip the characters without using an : intermediate application. I want to clean the copy at the server-side and : present the cleaned copy as HTML. We are using an ASP based CMS. : : I cannot find the character codes to match on (in VBScript) in order to : strip Word smart quotes, m-dashes, ellipses, etc. : : Again, apologies for the lack of specifics. Should know better.