character encoding of text in a html file

I am displaying content from different sources, such as database , web service call and so forth, in my website.
 There is no guarantee that the content  i get are in any particular character encoding, some may be in UTF-8 or UTF-16 or something else.

I am getting the content and displaying it as. can I change it to  a particular encoding before , I display it to my web page. at

I am setting the text content inside a div to whatever is returned from a web service call, in code behind page in website. I'm using C#.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
While you could do that, it doesn't affect the actual character codes.  Windows 1252 / Latin 1 has characters with codes that don't match up with the codes in UTF-8.  I use the info on this page:   Doesn't always help.  Doing an actual translation may be possible but I can't tell where to look for that.

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