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In laymans terms UTF-8

In a site converted to 2.0.1, I'm getting these strange symbols (like the trademark symbol) where there had been apostrophe's and quote marks.  I guess I had copied this punctuation into CityDesk from the orginal source.

What happened and what can I do about it?

tk
Sunday, May 11, 2003

Are you sure that the Character Coding from the previous version is deleted and replaced with UTF-8?

Jorgen Brenting
Sunday, May 11, 2003

Look for a string like this at the top of the source code:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

Jorgen Brenting
Sunday, May 11, 2003

I got a note from the Fog folks that they don't insert the UTF-8 stuff into converted sites.  I had to do that myself in the home page template to correct some bullets that turned into gabage characters.  I haven't done it on the other templates.  I guess I'll have to or else locate the few pages that have the crazy characters.

But, in laymans terms, what changed that trashed my punctuation and why would Fog hesitate to make the change to converted sites?

If it requires a long explantion, I can live without it.  This is just educating TK (often a lost cause according to my children).

tk
Sunday, May 11, 2003

Welcome to the Non-English Speaking Club. You'll meet many nice people here.

Jorgen Brenting
Sunday, May 11, 2003

It's in the help file. Online:

http://www.fogcreek.com/CityDesk/2.0/help/Features/UnicodeandCharacterSetIss.html

Joel Spolsky
Sunday, May 11, 2003

The next beta of 2.0 will automatically update any templates you already have to change the encoding to UTF-8.

Joel Spolsky
Sunday, May 11, 2003

What is wrong with iso-8859-1?  Why is UTF-8 better?

David Burch
Monday, May 12, 2003

David, click on Joel's link above.

Jorgen Brenting
Monday, May 12, 2003

There is a good intro to Unicode and how to avoid confusing character sets and encodings etc:

http://www.jbrowse.com/text/unicode.shtml

Windows (NT4/2k/XP) uses UCS-2 as the default encoding.

The CityDesk helpfile reference above could do with a bit of tidying up to be more accurate as well...

Robert Cowham
Tuesday, May 13, 2003

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