[thelist] Accented characters inconsistencies

Christy Collins ccollins at loudjoy.com
Tue Jul 18 09:43:38 CDT 2006

On Jul 18, 2006, at 9:25 AM, <Chris at globet.com> <Chris at globet.com>  

> Christy
> [..]
>>> The problem is in the code:
>>> correct: "<li>100% natürliche Wirkstoffe </li>"
>>> wrong: "<h1>Natur hŠlt jung</h1>"
>>> Copy /paste again the text, or if that doesn't work, copy/paste it
>>> into a plain text file first, to remove any formatting from Word.
>>> best,
>>> dan
>> Thanks for your reply
>> Those characters have changed after being uploaded to the server.
>> They don't appear that way on my local files.  I have tried
>> copying and pasting into a plain text file before adding it
>> to the page without success.  What really boggles my mind is
>> how the title tag, which was copied from the the working home
>> page, not the MS Word document, has changed.
> Try pasting your entire HTML file into Notepad, ensuring that the  
> characters are being rendered correctly. Specify UTF-8 rather than  
> ISO-8859-1 as the character set in your meta tags. Save the  
> document, specifying UTF-8 as the encoding. This will ensure that  
> you have encoded the characters correctly for the character set  
> that you define in your HTML document.
> If you experience the same problems after you upload the file, try  
> uploading the file under a new filename and see if the new file has  
> the same issues. If so, try FTPing the file specifying binary  
> rather than text transfer. You may have incorrect line breaks in  
> the document in this case (or maybe not, depending on the platforms  
> that you are transferring between), but at least you can see  
> whether or not it solves your encoding problem.
> -- 
> Chris Marsh

Thanks Chris -
I don't have Notepad - I'm using Page Spinner on a Mac - and though I  
can change the character set in the meta tag, I don't see a way to  
change the encoding.  Just changing the meta tag gives me a bunch of  
question marks.

I got it to work by starting with the home page as a template and  
then adding the content to that rather than my original products  
page.  I still don't know why it was happening - but the source of  
the problem seems to not be the MS Word document - seems to somehow  
be the English products page.

I wanted to understand this because I've agreed to translate into  
three other languages - will now be reading up on character sets and  
encodings.  I appreciate all of the help.


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