Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Ever have your punctuations mark's go crazy?

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 4:16 PM
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  • -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 4:16 PM
  • It hasn't happened to me, BUT IT IS NERVE RACKING...

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 4:20 PM
  • In fact I said this yesterday:

    What is wrong with the T-G site and all the symbols where apostrophe's, when some people post word's like It's, it looks like this It*��*��s WHY???? Can someone fix it?

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 10:00 PM

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 4:27 PM
  • Maybe one of gurus can offer assistance.

    It seems to have just started a few weeks ago. Any changes since then?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 4:42 PM
  • The problem you are experiencing is caused by Microsoft. Microsoft has a problem with conforming to standards that the rest of the world has agreed to use. If someone creates a standard (character encoding in this specific instance), Microsoft feels the need to change it and break it to suit their needs. They could follow the standards that everyone else uses, but they choose not to.

    Microsoft Word uses a proprietary character set that is not completely UTF-8 compatible. The code that results when you type an apostrophe in Microsoft Word is not the same code that results when you type an apostrophe in Firefox. So when you copy characters from a Word document you are actually copying the binary code stored in memory (remember the computer always stores everything in ones and zeros). These ones and zeros translate to something completely different when pasted into the comment text box on this website.

    Solution 1: If you want to continue to use MS Word then type your comments, goto "File" >> "Save As". Change "Save As Type" to "Plain Text". Click "Save". On the new window that pops up select "Other Encodings" radio button. Then select "Unicode (UTF-8)", put a check in "Allow character substitution" and click "Ok". Open the .txt document you just created and copy and paste into the comments text box.

    Solution 2: I am guessing that you are using Word because of the spell check feature. Install Firefox and use its built-in spell checker or get the Google Toolbar and use its built-in spell checker.

    -- Posted by nathan.evans on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 7:42 PM
  • I've been meaning to ask our corporate offices in Missouri about the punctuation thing; they moved our web sites to a new server a week or two ago and it seems like there are some things that looked normal before the move but which have turned into garbage characters since that time.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 9:38 PM
  • Thanks Nathan for clearing this up!

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 9:52 PM
  • John, Maybe they can make the adjustment and help us.

    BUT until then, Nathan, how do you use Firefox to type a note, or are you using their e-mail program?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 7:01 AM
  • Install Firefox. Go to t-g.com thru Firefox. Type your comments like you usually would in the text box. Any misspelled words will be underlined with a red dotted line. Right-click the red dotted line and the corrected spelling suggestions will be at the top of the context box that pops up.

    -- Posted by nathan.evans on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 11:08 AM
  • Neat.

    I am trying it right now and it works like a charm. Bye bye I.E.

    THANKS Nathan!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 12:03 PM
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