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I'm having an ongoing problem with sites I design when I view using Netscape 3.0 and I'm hoping someone out there has faced and or solved a similar problem and can give me some feedback.  

I design the sites (on a Mac, using BBedit or SimpleText and AdobePhotoshop) and when I post them to my server (Unix server is in same room, has t1 access) and view on Netscape 3.0 I see a lot of strange garbled characters. The sites all look fine on Explorer.

The characters come up in black or hypertext blue (no, they don't link to anywhere), usually at the top left of the page.  The garble doesn't replace coded text or images on the page, but does interfere with the layout of these items. Reloading the page 2-7 times makes the garble text
go away.  But it moves around during the various reloads.

Sites that I'm seeing the problem on don't have anything but text, images, hypertext links, and some, but not all have a form on the page. (no java, javascript, etc)  Only sites that I made and are hosted here on our server are affected.  Only one report outside this office of having seen the
problem.

I have tried to resolve the problem in different ways.

I checked sytax of sites. It is fine except for a form embedded in a table (but embedded form is only in one of four sites I'm seeing problem with).

I have sent all images through graphic coverter in case something extra was being put in by photoshop. Garble text still appears.

I have trashed the history and cache folders of netscape in case the browser was confused by a cached copy. No luck.

I have contacted Netscape and they could only suggest dumping the cache and solicit me for money in exchange for membership in their development group where newsgroup help would be available.

Any ideas?

Thanks for any help.
Caroleigh
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Could some of these pages be seen somewhere? I think it would be easier if I could see the source.
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As I've noted in the question, we've only had one instance of the
problem being seen outside the office, but feel free to take a look:

http://www.survival.net

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I had the same problem posting my mac-created pages to a unix. When Iused Anarchie to ftp the file I simply changed to "binary" mode and the problem was solved. I hope that helps.
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Adams,

Did you upload all files or just text or images as binary? I've tried this solution with out success too.  Any more details you can offer.  Also, was your problem only internal or did everyone see the garble? Thanks

Caroleigh
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I don't think that images are the problem. I think it's the html-files but I allways use binary mode. That helps get rid of unnecessery mac-additions. The problem I hed was inside the firewall only (internal). By the way your pages are very nice and clean, good going.
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I edited my first files in notepad on Windows NT 3.5, and everything I saved had this same garble.

It was the unicode unix text filter that was doing it for me.  I copied all the files over to a Win 95 pc, viewed the source and could finally see the unicode characters that were invisible elsewhere.  Get someone with a PC to view the src and see if they find these characters.
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