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6421Re: [NH] Cyrillic text written in NTP appears as question marks in browser

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  • Roman Korol
    Jun 10, 2008
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      The UTF-8 attribute in that meta tag, which you recommend, is one of
      my problems. I cannot use it, if I use Note Tab to prepare my text.
      Here's why.

      I am preparing a bilingual website: one side is English, the other is
      Ukrainian. The user can click between the two. Often I have a mix of
      the two languages on one page.

      Note Tab's text is never just "plain text", or a loosey-goosey "ANSI"
      text, as their faq claims. Note Tab uses a character code to display
      in Windows. It saves your files in that character code. But Note Tab
      does not provide a convenient means to find out what that character
      code is.


      The character code that Note Tab uses for my text is Windows-1251 and
      sometimes I've also seen, upon checking, that it was Windows-1252.

      In the head section of the html code of a web page, that attribute in
      the meta tag specifying character code ("charset") has to correspond
      to the character code that Note Tab used to save your file. If it does
      not correspond, it will confuse your browser and you will get a dump
      of garbage on your screen when you launch the browser. Or, a dump of
      question marks.

      In my case, provided that Note Tab consistently saves my work in
      Windows-1251 code page (of which I am unsure), that meta tag should
      read as follows:

      <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html";

      I have tried launching my site with that metatag. The usual garbage

      (I checked my browser, incidentally, that it was correctly set to view
      Windows-1251. It was. But that made no difference).

      That is the point at which I wrote my question to this board.

      Now, I have also tried the metatag with "charset=utf-8". But, as
      expected, it did not work. For it to work, the code page of the saved
      text has to be changed from Windows-1251 (if that, indeed, is how Note
      Tab saved it) to Unicode. But Note Tab does not provide the means to
      do this conversion. Nor does Note Tab seem to want to work with
      Unicode in any case(see their faq).

      This is a serious problem. If you change your saved text to Unicode (I
      have done this), it will show up normally in the browser. But then,
      you cannot open that Unicode text in Note Tab, because this corrupts
      the text and all you will see is a series of question marks. This
      means you need a different text editor, at least for the final stage
      of your website preparation, if you want Unicode.


      --- In ntb-html@yahoogroups.com, "Dave" <dmc43959@...> wrote:
      > Hi
      > Have a look at the top few lines of the html pages and see weather
      the font
      > spec is correct for Ukraine do not think it was saved
      > i.e. <META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Roman Korol" <korolster0@...>
      > To: <ntb-html@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 11:23 PM
      > Subject: [NH] Cyrillic text written in NTP appears as question marks in
      > browser
      > > Some history is necessary here, so please bear with me.
      > >
      > > Recently I had to replace my C drive and did a re-installation of my
      > > software including NTP v.5.61/fv.
      > >
      > > I did the proper language settings in Windows XP, which is my
      > > operating platform. (I mean clicking on Strart -->Control Panel
      > > -->Regional and Language Options, and choosing the proper languages;
      > > in this case, English, French, and Ukrainian).
      > >
      > > In NTP, I selected a proper font and chose "Cyrillic", a selection
      > > which worked in the past. It allowed me to type in NTP in Ukrainian,
      > > code my web page, and the text appeared normally in the browser.
      > >
      > > But now, after the new installation of NTP on my hard drive, this does
      > > not work any more. When I launch a browser (Firefox, and also IE) to
      > > view those html files that had been prepared and saved in NTP prior to
      > > my replacement of my dirve C, the Cyrillic in these files is now not
      > > recognized by the browser. What I get is question marks. The text in
      > > the html file itslf is changed to question marks, too.
      > >
      > > Typing new files in Cyrillic using NTP still works fine, but for
      > > viewing those files in NTP only. When I try to view these files in a
      > > browser, the same problem occurs: question marks appear in place of
      > > the Cyrillic characters. Then, when I want to view the file in NTP
      > > after it had been viewed in the browser, all Cyrillic text is replaced
      > > by question marks too.
      > >
      > > To ensure that my language settings work in Windows, and my HTML code
      > > is correct, I tried another text edtor: the open-source Nvu, available
      > > at http://www.nvudev.com/download.php
      > >
      > > I wrote a short text composed of English and Ukrainian, and tried it
      > > in Firefox. It worked OK.
      > >
      > > This leads me to suppose that there is a problem in the interface
      > > between NTP and the browser insofar as Cyrillic is concerned.
      > > Possibly some other settings in NTP unknown to me, that I had in my
      > > old copy of NTP which once worked perfectly for me, have been
      > > unattended to because I do not know them.
      > >
      > > My apologies for the length of the post. I would be very grateful for
      > > any help to resolve this obstacle, as I do not want to give up NTP for
      > > my work needlessly.
      > >
      > > Regards,
      > >
      > > --Roman Korol
      > >
      > >
      > > ------------------------------------
      > >
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