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    Character Encoding (WinXP-Pro-SP-2)

    I did a search on Google, and found enough info to take me the rest of my life...

    Is there any clear-cut way to know how to set the character encoding?

    Seems like a close match is Western (ISO-8859-1) and Unicode UTF-8.

    I see that page layouts etc. change as you switch these...

    But is there any type of standard or default that'll work in "most cases"? And why? What makes "that" work?

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    Re: Character Encoding (WinXP-Pro-SP-2)

    To set the character encoding of your HTML document, use meta tag in page header like this:

    <HEAD>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    </HEAD>

    If you are talking about your browser setting, there is no way other than use View | Encoding | Auto-Select (or another codepage). Unfortunately, webpage writers often don't use metatags at all or leave default "charset=windows-1252" tag intact. In that case, there is no other way to see the page properly then change codepage of your browser manually.

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    Re: Character Encoding (WinXP-Pro-SP-2)

    kaplinb:

    But from a *viewing* standpoint, how should I set things to accommodate "all" incoming mail, web pages, etc.? Or, from the other end, the most "adaptable or Universal (pardon the pun) that would serve "all needs".

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    Re: Character Encoding (WinXP-Pro-SP-2)

    Sorry, I wasn't clear. "Auto-select" option (from View | Encoding menu) suppose to serve "all needs" - if web pages and documents were created properly. Otherwise you are doomed to guess which codepage was used by picking them from View | Encoding list one by one.

    Unfortunately, many mail servers and clients use their default codepages (especially hotmail servers) instead of user-defined. I can suggest nothing but use English as communication language...

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    Re: Character Encoding (WinXP-Pro-SP-2)

    kaplinb:

    In IE, choosing Auto-Select changes all other options accordingly (apparently), but others, such as Firefox, seem to have separate choices where Auto will account for the language, but then you still pick the (Western ISO-1859, Western Windows 1252, Unicode UTF-8) as a separate choice.

    Ain't there a "Character Encoding for Dummies" out there?

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