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Date:      Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:13:13 +0200
From:      Matthias Apitz <>
Subject:   Re: converting UTF-8 to HTML
Message-ID:  <20120421131313.GA9502@tinyCurrent>
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El dÝa Saturday, April 21, 2012 a las 11:06:42AM +0200, Erik N°rgaard escribiˇ:

> On 21/04/2012 08:29, Erik N°rgaard wrote:
> > Browsers understand UTF-8 perfectly, simply add <meta charset="utf-8" />
> > to the html header.
> Obviously I can't know what your project is, but you'll save yourself 
> heaps of problems sticking to UTF-8, in particular if you plan on 
> implementing any search functionality or have users submit content. 
> Enforce and stick to UTF-8.

Well, it is no 'project'. I'm writing a diary of what's going on in my
life. And still doing it in ISO 8859-1 environment, but in HTML to
include pictures etc. ISO 8859-1 is still fine for it because I do it in
Spanish for some reasons, and ISO 8859-1 have enough chars, even the tilded
ones like ßݡ˝... but sometimes I need to include a phrase in another
language, Russian or Greek, or whatever (see the other mail). And so it
is nice to translate this to HTML encodings in ASCII.

That's all.

> When characters show up wrong in the users browser it's usually because 
> the browser is set to use a non-UTF-8 charset by default such as 
> windows-1252, the web server sends the charset=ascii in the http header 
> and there is no or incorrect meta tag to resolve the problem. Non UTF-8 
> charsets are a leftover from last millenia that we sometimes still choke 
> on .. sorry the rant ;)

We all here are leftover from last millenia. :-)


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