Character encoding problem

Asked by Birdy on 2010-02-12

Please look at:

When I look at this web location with Microsoft Explorer 8 the page looks fine. I designed this page for my course and I have no problems in viewing it. In the beginning of the page if one looks at the source, there is,


And in Microsoft Explorer 8 with the following settings

   View -> Encoding

I have Auto-Select checked.

This works as I expect and shows the page correctly!

However, when I use Ubuntu 9.10 with Firefox 3.5.7 I have been unable to find any setting for character encoding that will display this page when I open it!

I would appreciate greatly information on how to set up my Firefox to view my homepage when it is opened.

Thank you,

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Birdy (vs) said : #1

I have saved a *.png image of what I see when I connect to my homepage. How can I get this image to you?

delance (olivier-delance) said : #2


Sam_ (and-sam) said : #3

You may upload it to your favourite image host page and post the link here.
Firefox encoding = automatic, for example Launchpad has UTF-8, your page ISO-8859-1.
Your page looks like this from here

Maybe have a look at W3C.

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #4

Thanks to delance, confirm UTF-16 works.

Birdy (vs) said : #5

My image looks the same as what you have given in your answer.
I have looked at the URLs that you suggested --- unfortunately, I do not understand how they answer my problem.
The problem seems to be that Firefox is not really doing auto-detect.

How do I force auto-detect in Firefox? I have tried to click the off button but it always returns to Off!


Sam_ (and-sam) said : #6

> Firefox is not really doing auto-detect
Don't agree, except your page, it does detect all other pages, or do you have another example?
These are very well auto-detected (ISO-8859-1)

> I designed this page for my course
that's why I've linked to W3C standards.

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