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UTF-8 encoding problem

 2:36 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am experiencing problem with UTF-8 encoding in document like this:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>My Site</title><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="styles.css">

Browser and HTML validator, both detects windows-1250 encoding instead of utf-8, which is listed in headers. Could anybody help with this, plz?



 7:25 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

How are you saving your HTML files, Mareq? Many programs allow you to save your pages in UTF-8 encoding, but you will need to specify this in your program's preferences.

Windows programs like Notepad can be problematic in this regard as they usually save documents with the default Windows encoding (in your case, windows-1250). In Windows XP Notepad, you can specify UTF-8 but the files are prefixed with a byte order mark that can cause difficulties - best to use a proper UTF-8-capable text editor or wysiwyg program.


 7:41 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Browser and HTML validator, both detects windows-1250 encoding instead of utf-8

Did you test it with browser and HTML validator from your local disk, or after uploading to the Web server? If the latter, is there an encoding set for the HTTP headers?


 11:00 am on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Use a program like WebBug to see what is in the HTTP header.

Additionaly, REMOVE the trailing / from the meta tag (and from <hr>, <br>, <img>, and any other "single" tags), as that trailing / is only required in XHTML documents.

In HTML documents it can cause errors (for example: the first / seen after <head> is interpreted as being the </head> tag).


 10:24 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Did that fix it?

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