Thank you for your posts.
"what keyboard are you using azerty or qwerty"
while inputing the French text I use azerty
"Another thought ..what is the installed language of your OS ..if it is English and you have no support for French language installed it may be that there lies the problem?"
Yes it could be. As all of my sites are mainly in English and Russian, I have English OS and Dreamweaver. I am just translating my main site to French. Maybe if I installed French version of Dreamweaver, I would have no problems. But it is too much of a hustle.
"How are you inputting the special characters? "
I am inputting the special characters in the body section by using the French keyboard.
"I find that when I want to use accents and get the correct html coding, I need to input them in design view and not code view (unless of course you are writing é in the code). "
I was also working on the head and body section of html in the design view. But after the page is reloaded by template modification, the head section changes.
Well, I will have to use "é" variation in my html code and use charset=iso-8859-1. It takes extra steps though, to get the proper coding in "head" section of html. First I have to type the text in the design view (which in the code section appears in "é" variation), then copy paste in the coding section from the body to the head section.