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Question mark instead of apostrophe

 4:43 pm on Nov 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

I can't find any clue to why my RSS Feed substitutes a question mark in place of an apostrophe. Any idea as to why is much appreciated.



 4:48 pm on Nov 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Possibly because the feed is sending the 'Microsoft-only' apostrophe character, and your reader is showing a '?' meaning "I don't know what this is".

If it's your feed just consider using plain old ' which is standard, and not left and right apostrophes, which not everything will handle.




 5:40 pm on Nov 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

For sure it is an apostrophe copied from Word or some other MS thing with characters that aren't in the normal ascii range.

You will have to convert them all to normal ' instead of the cool italic reversible quote.

Another example of MS being "standards compliant" by "embracing and extending" standards... AKA braking stuff.


 4:57 pm on Nov 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your suggestions.
I ended up getting a different script to parse my RSS Feed and now it works fine. No more question marks where apostrophe should be.
I had a script called MagpiesRSS, but I switched to FeedForAll, which works great for displaying RSS Feed on Web pages. Maybe it had something to do with the encoding of my page, as was suggested by some of you when I posted a while ago on this topic, but I never figured that out. All I know is that my encoding was the same for both scripts -- <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> but the MagpieRSS didn't work.

This is a great forum. :-)

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