Website punctuation changing to ? marks...Help

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by BCS, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. BCS macrumors member

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    #1
    My websites been going good for months and know apostophes and quote marks are changing to question marks. Using dreamweaver.

    Thanks,

    BCS
     
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #2
    Not sure if there was an answer posted here, but a couple ideas off the top of my head.

    Text encoding: depending on how your browser is set up and the encoding set in your HTML head, you can see some strange characters pop up in place of punctuation.

    "Smart quotes": Dreamweaver might not be reformatting smart quotes from a program like Word to a character entity (e.g. ’ or ’ for an apostrophe) - check your pages in code view

    Any links to the sites in question or code samples you can post will help.
     
  3. Photomax macrumors regular

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    #3
    There are a lot of symbols that can trip up a site's presentation: foreign language characters etc.

    See this site for a complete chart:http://www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes.htm
     
  4. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    #4
    That can also happen when a change is made in Dreamweaver's Preferences -> New Document -> Encoding (i.e. UTF8 vs. ISO-8859-1) and the document was saved in one type of encoding and re-saved as another (or the HTML header uses another encoding method). The other advice given by others here are the most likely causes, however.
     

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