Web template prompting for Chinese Character set.

Posted on 2004-09-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
Howdy all, I purchased some web templates and have been modifying one of them.  Everything seemed to be going okay until I pulled the site up on an older win 2k client and it started prompting me to install the chinese character set.  I clicked no and it displays fine but every time I switch pages it prompts me again.  I did a find for "Chinese" on my source code and it returned not found, also there is a flash menu system but I did not search that.  Here is the link to my test site, hope someone can help out:

Thanks, E
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ID: 12023288
The first line of your page reads:

<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=gb2312">

charset=gb2312 stands for chinese characters. I realize you are not using chinese characters in your page so all you need to do is change that line for this:

<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=UTF8">

Or you could simply use ISO:

<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">

That should fix your problem,

Best regards,


Author Comment

ID: 12028555
what is more compatable UTF8 or ISO?
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Accepted Solution

Esopo earned 500 total points
ID: 12032109
ISO is more propper for the english language and UTF-8 will allow many more characters, which can become a problem in some cases.

If you will not use any "special" character in your page, go for the ISO, if you need chars like "á ä â ñ" in your page, then you should go with UTF8 and do some reading on the subject.

Here is a link that should help:

- charset: utf-8 vs us-ascii vs iso-8859-1

Best regards,


Author Comment

ID: 12045088
Thanks a ton, much better now ;)
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Expert Comment

ID: 12049367
Glad to help.

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