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Username: dtobias
Date/Time: Mon, January 7, 2002 at 8:11 PM GMT (Mon, January 7, 2002 at 3:11 PM EST)
Browser: Netscape Communicator V5.0 using Windows dows
Subject: Message formatting

Message:
 

When I view your latest message in the Mozilla browser, all the quotes and apostrophes show up as question marks in inverse video in a black diamond.  That's Mozilla's way of indicating that you're using invalid characters.  Characters 128 through 159 are in a range of ISO Latin 1 and Unicode that's reserved for control characters, so any printable characters there are platform-specific and should be avoided on the web. There are higher Unicode numbers for "smart quotes", among many other things, that can be used instead, but plain ASCII quotes and apostrophes, " ', are safer.

These forum pages seem to be getting sent from the server with the charset header "US-ASCII", meaning that any characters above #127 are invalid anyway (including foreign accented letters) unless encoded as ampersand sequences.

--Dan
Dan's Domain Site: http://domains.dantobias.com/
Link: Dan's Web Tips: Characters and Fonts


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