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Square boxes instead of some special characters displayed in HTML browser

Posted on 2004-11-01
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03

I have just developed a system, and it works fine on most computers.  However, on one PC, it does not display the data properly.  

Instead of displaying the data, it displays square boxes.  I believe it has something to do with the encoding.

The browsers used are IE 5 and above.

Does anybody know the problem?

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Expert Comment

ID: 12461343

I think normally when you see squares instead of the characters, it means that you dont have the language install on the machine.

To install language: CONTROL PANEL >> REGIONAL and LANGUAGE OPTIONS >> and you can install other languages there. You might need the windows installation CD

To set the page charset encoding:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> (for english)
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=big5"> (for traditional chinese)
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=de-iso-8859-1"> (for german)


hope you find this useful....

Author Comment

ID: 12463000
Thanks for the prompt reply.

However, the language is english...   Just that for certain characters like `  does not appear well in one browser, while it appears perfectly okay in the rest.

Would be most grateful for any advise.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12606119
To change system fonts, Go to:
Display>Appearance>Font Size>Appearance

In the application that you have developed, try changing your default font to a common font such as Ariel or Courier or Times. When fonts are used that are not installed in remote computers, square boxes are often substituted. Hope this helps.

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