The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Sunday, Debtember 05, 2004

Building more character

It's even worse than I expected.

Or funnier, depending upon your viewpoint.

I'm follwing Sam Ruby's advice on Iñtërnâtiônàlizætiøn and testing what comes through as I copy-n-paste.

I'm using FireFox verion 1.0 under Linux for testing; I've yet to use Microsoft's Internet Explorer (which should prove to be dreadful and amusing at the same time).

So I'm copy-n-pasting the following from my last entry:

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It really bugs me

Building character

And what I get back is:

text is WINDOWS-1252

00000000: 0D 0A 26 23 39 31 35 3B AA 26 23 39 36 31 3B DF ..Γ.ρ.
00000010: E5 26 23 39 34 37 3B 80 0D 0A 0D 0A 49 74 20 72 .γ.....It r
00000020: 65 61 6C 6C 79 20 62 75 67 73 20 6D 65          eally bugs me

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It really bugs me

What the XXXX?

Not only is Firefox, under Linux, sending input to the test form as WINDOWS-1252 but it's also sending me HTML entities in numeric form! They're the correct numeric entities for the characters in question, but … what the XXXX?

To say I wasn't expecting this is a bit of an understatement.

Well, back to hacking.

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