DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2006-08
Re: Confusion over encodings, utf-8, etc.
Jonathon McKitrick wrote:
I've entered the world of unicode with my mac, and I'd like to make things
consistent across my machines.
I naïvely thought utf-8 would solve everything. But I find a lot of web pages
and people's names only show correctly in iso-8859-1. I thought utf-8 covered
My other computer is your Windows box.
Similar environment here. Couple of "gotcha's"
- Mac's own unicode has a couple of broken codes - legacy pre-OS X control-key
compatibiity, IIRC. Best to use real UTF-8.
- Websites are *supposed to* call out their encoding, but not all do so
correctly, consistently, or even at all. Nor are all available pages the same.
One that DOES ('coz I wrote it that way...) is here:
Your page should show several dialects of Chinese, Korean, and Thai, as well as
- Browsers have their own ways.
Taking Mozilla/Firefox as an example, rather than just setting UTF-8 as the
default, you may need to list it (and others) in the 'auto-detect' options, then
optionally leave ISO-8859-1 as the default.
I still commonly get alleged- UTF-8 pages that mis-convert '-' and quotes and
such, but will clean-up if ISO-8859-1 is manually selected.
Bad page coding. I just live with it, as it doesn't affect much I can't
auto-convert well enough with 'wetware'.