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Posted on 2008-10-07
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I have a problem, hope somebody can help. I have a client with a site that contains French characters (accents, etc.) which work fine when I set my meta charset to "utf-8". They also, however, use the meter squared (m²) character, which DOES NOT display with this charset. If I change the charset to "ISO-8859-1" the m2 displays perfectly, but then all the French characters don't display right.

What on earth can I do to get all these characters to display?
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by:Richard Quadling
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Can you give a reference to the page or some data?
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by:DarkHill
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http://www.guide2poitoucharentes.com/index.asp - in the latest news list and the events module the accents are fine but the m2 in the Accommodation block doesn't display right. This is when the page uses UTF-8. If I change the encoding, the m2 displays but the French characters do not.
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jericotolentino earned 500 total points
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You might want to try the iconv function if it works for you.

http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.iconv.php
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by:DarkHill
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The site is ASP although I mentioned PHP too as I'm sure this problem will exist there too.

What else can I do - if only I could merge the charsets!
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by:Prophy
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Why don't just use

m<sup>2</sup>
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by:DarkHill
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Because members add their own entries, the £ is another problem character.
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by:DarkHill
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I actually figured it out myself finally, but jericotolentino posted a very useful link for PHP systems. Turns out I was replacing a certain character that caused the problem. Thanks for everybody's input.
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