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Old 02-15-07, 22:46
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How can I get rid of strange characters that are inserted in place of apostrophes, quotation marks, question marks etc.?
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Old 02-16-07, 01:27
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Can you be a bit more specific - where do you find these strange characters?

If it is in email messages, then most likely it is an incorrect encoding used by the sender.
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Thanks for getting back to me.

These "strange characters" appear in emails and websites.

Here are some examples:

“ ’ “’ “

Others include an uppercase S with a bar over it, an uppercase D with a circumflex over it.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 02-16-07, 14:57
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These "strange characters" replace English punctuation marks, like apostrophes ('), quotes (") etc. The emails and websites are all in English.

Unfortunately, when I tried to paste the characters into my post, they didn't look the same.
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Maybe you need to set your keyboard language to American English..?

Maybe something else needs be set to American English..?
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Old 02-18-07, 21:01
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Regarding "funny characters" in emails: is it in emails that you receive or that you write yourself? If it is in received messages, can you tell us the encoding of the message, i.e. "US-ASCII", or "ISO-8859-1", or "Unicode-UTF8", etc?

On websites: can you give us an example of a website where you see these funny characters? It is the same here; if the encoding of the website is incorrectly specified (by the webmaster, not you), then certain multibyte characters will be incorrectly displayed.
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Old 02-19-07, 06:47
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Default Re: Getting rid of strange characters

What browser are you using? In Firefox, you can just go to View > Character Encoding and switch to the a correct encoding for the page. You can find out what that is by right-click > View Page Info.
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Maybe you need to set your keyboard language to American English..?

Maybe something else needs be set to American English..?
When I type these "strange characters" don't appear. They only appear on the Internet or in emails from others.
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What browser are you using? In Firefox, you can just go to View > Character Encoding and switch to the a correct encoding for the page. You can find out what that is by right-click > View Page Info.
I'm using Internet Explorer 6.0.
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Regarding "funny characters" in emails: is it in emails that you receive or that you write yourself? If it is in received messages, can you tell us the encoding of the message, i.e. "US-ASCII", or "ISO-8859-1", or "Unicode-UTF8", etc?

On websites: can you give us an example of a website where you see these funny characters? It is the same here; if the encoding of the website is incorrectly specified (by the webmaster, not you), then certain multibyte characters will be incorrectly displayed.
The characters appear in emails I receive. One had this encoding: Western European ISO.

These characters sometimes appear on my Hotmail website. Encoding: Western European Windows.

Also on this website: http://americablog.blogspot.com/index.html
Encoding: Unicode UTF8

Thanks for any help you can give me,
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The keyboard in Japanese is in a different order than English keyboards. Some symbols are in a different position even though the letters might be the same. That leads to funny looking print. If both systems aren't the same, you get this print.
I don't understand. My keyboard is American English. My computer was purchased in the US. When I type an email or in Word, I don't get these "strange characters."
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Old 03-07-07, 21:11
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Thank you for the website URL you posted. I cannot see any "strange" characters on that page, meaning that the problem is on your side.

What version of Windows do you use?
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Thank you for the website URL you posted. I cannot see any "strange" characters on that page, meaning that the problem is on your side.

What version of Windows do you use?
XP Professional
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Hmmm... Windows XP has full Unicode support. I'm a little bit baffled by this...

One more question: is this something that started at some point, or has this always been happening since you have Windows XP on this machine?
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Hmmm... Windows XP has full Unicode support. I'm a little bit baffled by this...

One more question: is this something that started at some point, or has this always been happening since you have Windows XP on this machine?
My computer came with XPro.

These "strange characters" started appearing months after I got this computer, but I don't know when or what may have caused it. The only thing I can think of is that earlier I did try IE7.0, then reverted to IE6.0.
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Default Re: Getting rid of strange characters

I get them occasionally also, when I cut and paste / copy / save stuff from the Net.
They usually appear where a comma , would normally appear.
I manually edit them out. Not much help to you, I know.
FWIW, I am using XP Pro and IE6, with AOL v7 running on top of IE6. Bazza

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Thanks for getting back to me.

These "strange characters" appear in emails and websites.

Here are some examples:

“ ’ “’ “

Others include an uppercase S with a bar over it, an uppercase D with a circumflex over it.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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I get them occasionally also, when I cut and paste / copy / save stuff from the Net.
They usually appear where a comma , would normally appear.
I manually edit them out. Not much help to you, I know.
FWIW, I am using XP Pro and IE6, with AOL v7 running on top of IE6. Bazza

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Thanks for your feedback.

I get these characters all the time. They have nothing to do with copying, cutting/pasting, saving. They replace apostrophes, quotation marks, question marks as well as commas.

When I paste items with these characters into Word, they are replaced by the appropriate punctuation marks.
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Old 03-09-07, 15:07
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Then what is your problem, if they are converted OK. confused

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When I paste items with these characters into Word, they are replaced by the appropriate punctuation marks.
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Then what is your problem, if they are converted OK. confused

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Are you suggesting that I copy every single site on the Internet into a Word document to get rid of these characters?

I would just like to look at email and websites without these characters.
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Old 03-09-07, 16:04
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Fair enough. :o I'll go back and stand in the corner. :D Bazza

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Are you suggesting that I copy every single site on the Internet into a Word document to get rid of these characters?

I would just like to look at email and websites without these characters.
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