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    Junior Member arbernaut's Avatar
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    On my server (run by the wonderful folk at Media Temple) that serves my site Pixelsurgeon (which is currently undergoing a redesign) the DefaultCharset in the primary httpd.conf is ISO-8859-1, but I'm wondering if it should be set to UTF-8. As an illustration of the problem check out bug #4 here:

    http://dropbox.pixelsurgeon.com/bugs/

    which is an XHTML page set to UTF-8. There are some double-byte characters (Japanese, Chinese, Korean) and some accented characters and some Polish. Instead of displaying correctly, which they should do using UTF-8, they show up as gibberish.

    HOWEVER - if you MANUALLY set the Text Encoding to UTF-8 (for example View > Text Encoding > UTF-8 in Firefox) everything snaps the way it should. It's almost as if the text encoding declaration <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" /> in the head is being ignored.

    Locally on my machine (Mac OSX which uses a variant of UTF-8 for text encoding) everything is fine and the page works as it should. It just stops working when uploaded to the server. The most obvious thing I can think of is a mismatch between the server's DefaultCharset and the XHTML's declared text encoding charset.

    Would do you knowledgeable folk think?

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