I'm updating another guy's website. He included the <title> tags in an include. So that I could optimize head tags, I copied and pasted the whole include where he had written
<?php include "incl_top.php"; ?>
Now on the page I get these characters:
I found a search result that says this is called a BOM or byte order mark. It says to stop this, make sure to save files using UTF-8 with the BOM turned off. But there are no UTF-8 files in the include.
The doctype is strict.
I get the same issue in IE8 with compatibility view both off and on.
Same issue seen in Foxfire.
This code is in the include:
<!--[if lte IE 7]>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />