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Whenever I open the Jargon File site the encoding is wrong.

See @-Party entry.

Every page sets it to "ISO-8859-1" but that doesn't seem to work. Setting the view to "Western" (which is "ISO-8859-1" actually) manually does the trick.

Any idea what's going on? This happens in both IE and Firefox.

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The file on the server is br0ked.

Html-verification:

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatb.org%2Fesr%2Fjargon%2Fhtml%2F0%2Fat-party.html&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0

Update

Since the original answer did not satisfy your curiosity and because my own was marginally intrigued, I looked at the file and found that there is a non-printable "M- " character in there that would correspond to character 223

Here is how I found it:

char 223

Basically, whoever wrote that document made a boo-boo when they processed the file with some tool or whatever. By that I mean they introduced a non-printable character into a text file.

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But why doesn't Firefox use the correct encoding? –  Andrew J. Brehm Nov 14 '12 at 10:16
    
Because it thinks the file is utf8 or something due to that weird character which it detects to be non iso 8859 1. *** (in other words, the bytes found are not valid values in the specified Character Encoding). *** –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Nov 14 '12 at 12:20
    
Is there a way to tell Firefox to use the encoding specified no matter its own thoughts about the affair? –  Andrew J. Brehm Nov 14 '12 at 13:36
    
I'm not familiar with the inner workings of character encoding detection in Firefox or otherwise. –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Nov 14 '12 at 14:04

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