Fancy quotes not displaying consistently on two pages in same website

Two test pages in a website I am building:

The have the exact same page template (header info, DocType, CSS, etc.). The first has garbage characters around the testimonials where fancy quotes should be. The second has fancy quotes which are displaying fine (see within the paragraph under What Is Leed?).

I copy-and-pasted the characters from one HTML document to the other.

I have dealt with character set issues before, but never had two pages in the same site, with the same page template, presumably same characters, not display the same way.

Perhaps another set of eyes on this would see something I am missing?

Thank you!
Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAsked:
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Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:

If I copy-and-paste a paragraph from the "good" page to the "bad", the paragraph becomes "bad".

If I copy-and-paste a paragraph from the "bad" page to the "good", the paragraph becomes "good".

So something in the page structure itself is causing this?
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
The issue is you are copy and pasting.

View the source of what you want to copy and copy just the html.   Make sure the html was not garbage to begin with.
Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I copied the source from one document to the other ("good" to "bad"), and its still "bad" text.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
The code is not the same
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<p><em>�We want to commend Watkins Architect, LTD for the invaluable assistance they have provided to Tilden Township. Specifically, we are appreciative of their professionalism, planning, and execution of architectural design work. Their efforts helped Tilden Township immeasurably in bringing the most affordable and beneficial plans for our new building.�</em><br />
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I would avoid copying html then pasting that  html to a WYSIWYG box, that will be your issue.   Instead, view the raw html, make sure it is good, then in your wysiwyg box, use the source button if it is available and  paste using that.  Or your wysiwyg box may have a "paste as text" button.  

Can you copy the same section of html from the original good and bad pages here to look at.

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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Also, in the page you are pasting to, if it is  a cms, what is the character set?  Is it utf-8?
Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I found the problem. It was actually my text editor BB Edit ( I did a "save as" and had to change the encoding to UTF-8. I didn't realize the text editor had control over the character set, I thought that just depended on what characters you were typing/inserting.

There was no CMS involved, just FYI.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I understand.  It is the same issue though.  You have to use utf-8 as  you found out.  

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