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(Where the junk characters are below that would be Chinese text if these forums supported it)
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type"/>
<select name="Language" id="Language">
<option selected="selected" value="17">語法。</option>
This would make the file validate:
<meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8">
However, I can't reproduce this on my machines. I tried with Chinese and Japanese, and the language appears correctly for me either way and in FF, IE8, Opera, Chrome and Safari.
I put in that valid meta tag but does not fix the problem on the one computer with problem.
I suspect it would fix with some sort of language pack install but it is annoying that IE displays some Chinese characters and FireFox does all elements, so it seems the OS has the Chinese characters but IE doesn't access them with the select element.
I'd prefer the select element not to have junk characters in it, but I am guess that Asian computers will display correctly.
You are probably closer to the mark saying that the proper fonts/languages aren't installed on the problem machine. However, didn't you say it was displaying correctly outside the <select> box?