Monday, October 16, 2006

Smart quotes anyone?

Can someone tell me why smart quotes show up as question marks in little black diamonds in my version of Firefox? It doesn't seem to be limited to any one website... it happens on both www.nytimes.com, as well as when I'm on Yahoo reading business e-mail. I am perplexed.

10 comments:

Jayen said...

maybe the default encoding? did you ask your tech support person/people?

BuffySquirrel said...

Ffox doesn't recognise the character code that's being used, so it substitutes something it does have in its list.

In View, you can change the character encoding. This may help. Or Ffox may just change it straight back again.

Are you using the latest version of Ffox? 1.5.0.7?

Kimber An said...

"Come, D'Artagnon! We're saving the King!"

Oh, that wasn't the kind of smart quote you were asking about?

Jenny Rappaport said...

Hey Jayen... my resident tech support person was baffled and then went back to playing video games. =)

Jenny Rappaport said...

BuffySquirrel, changing it from Unicode to Western seems to have solved the problem... thanks!

Joe said...

It's a unicode character that is undefined in the character set Firefox uses. (Some IE users have also had problems with this.) I'm not sure there's a "fix," per se, but I do know that my version of Firefox (1.5.0.7) seems to recognize and display smart quotes just fine. You might try changing character sets. (View, Character Encoding) I just noticed mine is set to Western ISO-8859-1.

Joe said...

Oops. You changed it already, while I was typing my comment. Great minds think alike, I guess! (And so do ours.)

s9 said...

You will now, of course, discover that other websites are using Unicode and their smart quotes don't display correctly now.

The management apologizes for these technical problems.

Manic Mom said...

Did you see Kristin is sticking up for you over at Pub Rants! You go girl!

BuffySquirrel said...

Welcome :).