Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

Web page showing question marks (?) instead of bullets or apostrophes

Posted on 2007-04-02
6
454 Views
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I am not sure what is going on exactly but there is a web server (apache 2.2.3 + php 4.4.4) which is displaying some characters (specifically apostrophes ' and bullets •) as question marks instead of the appropriate character.  The pages have the bullet (•) character in them instead of using •  I know I can change it to • instead of specifically using the bullet (•) character, but the page was exported from PowerPoint as a HTML document so the next time it gets created I would have to manually edit each slide by hand.  I am guessing that there is something wrong with the encoding, but I am not sure what.  I have a development web server (apache 2.0.50 + php 4.3.8) that displays the characters correctly.

Any ideas?
0
Comment
Question by:bdhtechnology
6 Comments
 
LVL 29

Accepted Solution

by:
TeRReF earned 400 total points
ID: 18839244
Compare the apache config files of the 2 servers and see if this directive is set
AddDefaultCharset

If so, do they differ?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:bdhtechnology
ID: 18839320
Server that is working has:
AddDefaultCharset Off

Server that isn't working had a line in the config file for it, but commented out.  So I added:
AddDefaultCharset Off

Restarted apache2 and still the same thing.  Any other ideas?
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:BrianGEFF719
ID: 18840499
add this line to your <head> section in the file.

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
0
Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

 
LVL 15

Assisted Solution

by:samri
samri earned 100 total points
ID: 18841565
bdhtechnology,

after you had changed the config, and restarted the server --- sometimes when you refresh the page from the web browser, it may still got the content from cache.  try to clear your browse cache, or hit shift-refresh.

just some thought.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:bdhtechnology
ID: 18845505
So it apparently just needed 'AddDefaultCharset Off' set, even though it wasn't set before and is suppose to default to off.  Once I cleared the cache, the question marks went away.  I figured refreshing the page would have been good enough, but I guess not.  Thanks for the help!
0
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:TeRReF
ID: 18846412
You're welcome :)
0

Featured Post

Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you are a web developer, you would be aware of the <iframe> tag in HTML. The <iframe> stands for inline frame and is used to embed another document within the current HTML document. The embedded document could be even another website.
An enjoyable and seamless user experience can go a long way on an eCommerce site. While a cohesive layout and engaging copy play roles in creating a positive user experience, some sites neglect aspects that seem marginal but in actuality prove very …
Viewers will get an overview of the benefits and risks of using Bitcoin to accept payments. What Bitcoin is: Legality: Risks: Benefits: Which businesses are best suited?: Other things you should know: How to get started:
This tutorial demonstrates how to identify and create boundary or building outlines in Google Maps. In this example, I outline the boundaries of an enclosed skatepark within a community park.  Login to your Google Account, then  Google for "Google M…

860 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question