Patrick Kearney wrote:
I have a website that is very heavy on foreign characters -- mostly French and some German -- and in using Word documents as the basis of my pages, I find that these characters translate into weird character strings when viewed in a browser. For example, a grave 'e' (è) comes out as Ã?.
The real problem with this is that the HTML editor doesn't seem inclined to correct the issue with the search & replace option. If I put the è character (which is how it appears in the coding) into the 'find' box
and put è in the replace box, all that happens is that the è is replaced with è in the coding as a literal string, and it appears that way when viewed in the browser.
Any suggestions on this problem?
I tried - and failed - to replicate your problems, both with regard to French/Portuguese/Swedish characters copied from a Word document and pasted into the HTML Editor, and with your find-replace of "è" to "&grave". Everything seems to work fine here and the characters are properly rendered in preview and browser. See attached screenshot of my simple test case using Editor v.12.6 Build 418 and Firefox 12. The two instances of "è" started out as typed "è"s that were replaced using the find-replace routine.
So now I'm wondering what I may be doing differently from you...
A couple of questions:
- How are you transferring the text from Word to the Editor? (I used copy-paste)
- What charset spec are you using in the Editor? (I used UTF-8)
- Which version of Word are you using? (grasping at straws here...)