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    Hengelo, Netherlands

    Default Character Set Encoding

    Lately we received support calls from Electos users where some page of their website did not properly show special characters (like the Danish ø and æ or the German ß and umlaut based characters).

    Research resulted in that the problem is caused by a wrong encoding instruction in some of the ASP files. Due to the wrong encoding instruction the browser uses the Cyrillic character set instead of the more logical western one.

    Where does this come from? The ASP files from the designs that were available from were initially designed by a Russian developer and he probably wrote the encoding lines that instruct the browsers to use the Cyrillic character set.

    We suggest that you open and inspect your electos ASP files (like normal.asp, search.asp, news.asp, gallery.asp, ...) and look if it contains an instruction like:

    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1251">
    If so we suggested you change it to:
    <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    Of course it is YOUR website and our instructions should only be applied if you are sure you want to use the western character set.

    If your site does not use special characters you probably will never notice the problem, but you better validate and make your site consistent.
    Last edited by Vincent Oorsprong; 27-Mar-2015 at 01:46 PM.
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