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certain characters not being translated

I am having an annoying problem with an rss feed on one of my sites.

Certain characters, (and this may not be exclusive) including what I would call "true" typographic double quotes (unicode 201C and 201D), em dashes (unicode 2014) and so on, appear as question marks.

My first thoughts were that this may be a filtering problem within OCP, but it could also be an issue originating from the publishers - I am just not sure which.

I have checked the feed on bloglines and it shows correctly there, and feedvalidator.org picks nothing up in the text (apart from a missing enclosure attribute).

The question is, how can this be resolved if the issue IS related to OCP, or if it is the publishers, what should I request them do do?

The feed is:

Bournemouth Echo | News

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Lee
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The feed doesn't specify it's character set, and ocPortal defaults to Western European. I've just checked the standards and they say we should default to UTF-8, so this may fix the problem…
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Much obliged Chris.

I had noticed the feed didn't specify it's character set, which is part of the reason I was unsure how to fix it; I had also noticed the OCP discrepancy with ISO and UTF-8. Seems UTF-8 is getting more common because of it's larger set.

I'll give the rss.php a go and let you know the result.

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Hi Chris

I installed the rss.php last night to replace the existing file in the sources directory and at first no improvement was seen - it still showed question marks. But I thought I'd leave it overnight, and "voila" this morning it seems to have worked. Am I right to assume this was due to caching?

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Hi Lee,

Yes that'll have been it :).


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