On Wednesday 23 February 2005 09:33, Seán Mac Suibhne wrote:
> Also that the weekly Irish language newspaper www.FOINSE.ie is using faulty
> code which makes the accented characters in Irish look rather peculiar!
I glanced quickly through the code of foinse.ie.
The site is sending as ISO-8859-1. That charset is a bit limited, in that it
doesn't natively have a Euro symbol. The server should really send as either
ISO-8859-15, or UTF-8 (recommended).
The weird looking characters are caused by whoever it was writing the HTML not
bothering to put the semi-colon at the end of the HTML entities - é,
for example. This may be okay in broken browsers like IE, but it's not okay
in modern standards-abiding browsers.
I won't comment on the code of the site, as it would just start a holy war,
but just look here:
lead programmer for http://webworks.ie/kverens at webworks.iedev at webworks.iekae at verens.com
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