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  1. grantw United Kingdom

    grantw Well-Known Member

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    Hi, just wondering if anyone has experienced this before - When I upload web pages to one of my servers all special characters (£ sign, copyright sign etc.) are showing up as question marks - viewing the source of the page shows the correct characters.

    Any ideas where the problem may be as this is doing my head in??

    Much appreciated , Grant
     
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    windows or Unix server... static html or php/asp?
     
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    Its unix and is happening with both static html and php

    Grant
     
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    All the below suggestions are subject to them being complete rubbish etc:

    Try 1:
    Are you using a different font that doesn't actually have the characters or your font markup is specifying something strange.

    2:
    Look at doctype - if its xml are you forgetting to add declaration

    if html is it something like:
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">

    3:
    Try a different browser - IE or Firefox or reboot your browser it may have some sort of bx in it.

    4:
    Have you coded them in hex rather than octal?

    If you want to post a test url perhaps we can have a look

    -aqls-
     
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  6. grantw United Kingdom

    grantw Well-Known Member

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    Hi aqls:

    1 + 3) the font is Tahoma and my other websites on other servers display fine using ie.

    2) For the php site the doctype is:

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

    The html site doesnt have doctype

    Ive pm'd you an example page as it is my sisters site

    Many thanks, Grant
     
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    grantw Well-Known Member

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    Cheers Jonno I will try that - what would be the underlying cause of this though, it looks like it must be an issue on the server as viewing the files locally they work fine??

    Grant
     
  9. jonno United Kingdom

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    no it's not a serverside but a clientside issue - a perfectly normal one at that.

    your web browser can only display characters that are defined in the characterset you specify in the in your html meta, for example:

    Code:
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=iso-8859-1" />
    
    if you wish to use a character outside of this character set, you must use the ascii equivalent.

    hope that helps.

    Jon.
     
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    grantw Well-Known Member

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    Ok, but one of the sites was working fine on another server - I then uploaded the exact same pages to the other server and this problem occurrs??

    Grant
     
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