æøå in flash chat(s)

Asked by Andreas ;-) on 2010-01-28

I have problems with Norwegian special characters in flash chat(s). Instead of ÆØÅ and æøå I get à and æ and Ã¥‏ (Æ, Ø and Å respectively). I've tried PCLinuxOS 2008.1 and it worked out of the box (java and flash pre installed) but when I tried PCLinuxOS 2009.1 I've got the same problem as with Ubuntu.

I have managed to get this right once before, I think it was on ubuntu 06.4 or 06.10, but beats me what I did or didn't do right (or wrong)!! I've seen several posts in various forums that this is a problem, and that holding down "ctrl" and pressing the letters will produce the right result, but there must be a neater way of doing this. Especially if this is a problem in "any" flash application and not only in chat(s). Surely this can't be a problem regarding the Norwegian characters only !! (or is it?).

At the moment I'm using Ubuntu 9.10 (amd 64) English version but with norwegian keyboard layout. I have tried complete norwegian installs also but wit the same results.

The flash chat is using CSS and Western European (ISO) or (Windows) encoding (both works just fine in windows).
Firefox reports that it switches from UTF-8 to Western ISO-8859-1 when I'm opening the site, before I start the flash chat.

If anybody can help me fix this problem, I'll be very grateful because then I'll be able to ditch Mr. Gates completely :)

Best regards
Andreas ;-)

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I'm far from being a flash-guru, but I have a hunch that this is related to the swf-file itself and the design of this. I did a quick test myself, and yes, it does seem that the Linux-version has a poor support for this kind of encoding.

I found one post describing one (simple) solution to this: http://www.openlaszlo.org/pipermail/laszlo-dev/2009-February/019795.html

I have not tested this, as I'm currently in Win.

Using latest version of Flash, this problem seems to be solved.

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