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Paul Massell

depends which browser you are using


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Posted to Thread #29998 at 12:26 pm on Dec 1, 2017

most browsers do not give you an encoding option by default in your right-click menu. In Firefox and Safari you'd need to go to the View menu > Text Encoding. Not sure about Chrome I'm looking at it now and I don't see it in any of the menus.

Also you may not see "Western European (Windows)" if you are not on a Windows PC, and you could try: "Western (ISO Latin 1)"

The "Windows" part of this is the culprit. Microsoft screwed up the text encoding world years ago with a proprietary approach and instead of conforming to international /industry standards, they did their own thing and the world had to conform (make allowances for) big bully Microsoft. They did the same thing with browsers (Internet Explorer - the bane of web developers) and programs like Microsoft Word put a bunch of proprietary Microsoft garbage (that the end user doesn't see) in all of the word processing it handles. Now that the browser world is more leveled out you don't see it as much but it used to be that pretty much every website had a bunch of custom code to accommodate / "fix" for the vast multitude of different versions of bugs that Windows plague Internet Explorer because it is such a piece of garbage but so many users used it by default that you had to do all this extra work because Microsoft was so belligerent.

And we are dealing with this issue here because we have very old code running the Swap that somewhere is dated and not handling this (Microsoft) issue. (end Microsoft rant Dec. 1, 2017)


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