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Sabrin asked
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Last Modified: 2010-03-04
why when I type this --> niños
and put it on the server I see --> ni?os
can someone help me fix this ?
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_22036782.html Problem displaying characters "é"

Either specify the charater encoding as iso-8859-1, or use ñ or ñ

Try this demo, then comment out the first meta tag & activate the second meta tag & watch the display change:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>
<!--meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"/-->
iso-8859-1: niños Brésil
Utf-8, iso-8859-1: ni&#241;os ni&ntilde;os  Br&#233;sil Br&eacute;sil
Utf-8:  Brésil


Character codes: http://www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes.htm


no this is not what I mean
I know that if you type &amp; that mean & or
&ntilde; means ñ etc.. chars like that but
I have ñ on all pages and not &ntilde;
can someone help?
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If you simply want to use  ñ and not &ntilde , it won't show properly unless you specify the character encoding (as iso-8859-1).

Try this: Add this line to your html file in the <head> section:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>


didnt work
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May be a syntax problem. Even slight error can make it not work.

Try this. Select, copy, paste the code from my first post (from the <head> through to the <p> tag) into a text file and save it as demo.htm. Then open demo.htm in your browser.

Only other thing I can suggest is post the file that's not working here: www.sendspace.com, then post the link to it here so we can take a direct look.

callrs is right.  You can't simply copy the character from, say, Microsoft Word, into a web site and use the default character encoding, and expect the tilde to appear.  The web site has to specify a character encoding that the user's machine can interpret properly.  A given character encoding may not be able to express all characters of the document character set. - then one has to use a character entity reference such as &tilde; to display that character.



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Could you clarify your problem ?
On which operating system your web server is running.
Is it static html page or JSP, ASP, PHP page ?
In which editor do you save your files ?
It's not enough to stick a character encoding at the top of the web page. If that page was created in an editor that is saving the files in the UTF-8 encoding, adding a charset=iso-8859-1 value to the Content-type will not display the page properly.

Sabrin, you need to work out which character encoding your web page editor is using to save the files. Then you need to declare that encoding in the Content-type meta tag like callrs suggests.

Usually, on a good text editor, the character encoding can be chosen in a submenu of the File menu, or in the Properties sub-menu (which is often found in the Tools menu). However, if you're using a page or text editor that doesn't let you choose or find out the character encoding being used, you'll need to work out the character encoding some other way. Then switch to a better text editor so that you know what encoding you're working with in future.

Tell us which editor you are using to save these pages.


why will I have to edit 100 pages done using dreamweaver rather
than just editing the httpd.conf from apache? I dont want to edit
those pages I just want to edit the configuration maybe something
in .htaccess or something!


since I changed of hosting company everything was working fine!
now is that I have problems with the pages!
Yes, if you know the character encoding you can set a directive in Apache that sets the default encoding. But you need to work out which encoding Dreamweaver is saving your files to.


ok, just  tell me how to do this for a virtual site! thanks
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