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jpm3 has a character/accent problem related to our switch to UTF-8, other bloggers may have similar issues.

If you’re having problems or if you have solutions please checkout the thread here,
character and accent problems in Movable Type



  1. JD,

    From jpm’s page, I choose from the menu View>Encoding>Unicode and then the page appears with the correct accented characters.

    The pages by default appear in user-defined encoding, so it does not render the characters correctly.

    He should add a content-type meta tag as below just in the header immediately after the tag, because he uses an accented character right in the title and the browser needs to know how to render it.

    Without this explicit setting the browser tries to guess what the encoding is and comes up with the best possible scenario (user-defined) by default. Depending on the character set he is using for inputting characters, (for italian accented characters), he may have to change the charset to ISO-8859-something.

    All users who are using English characters only (ASCII 0-127) should not have any problems. It is just that accented characters are in the 128-255 character range and in UTF-8 it uses a multi-byte encoding scheme as opposed to single byte in ISO-8859 schemes.

    For a detailed article about Unicode/UTF-8 and encoding schemes please see Joel On Software’s article at http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html

  2. I think my html tags got stripped out in the last posting. The meta tag should be like, (add the less than , greater than sign at the beginning and end)

    meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=UTF-8″ /

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