A character encoding system consists of a code that pairs each character from a given repertoire with something else — such as a bit pattern, sequence of natural numbers, octets, or electrical pulses — in order to facilitate the transmission of data (generally numbers or text) through ...

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How can I tell what encoding a file name is using?

I have some files with Russian (cyrillic) names. When I open them in Windows Explorer, the names display correctly. When I list them in Command shell (cmd) they display as "?????" character. Is ...
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Default character endcoding on Windows versions

I know that in Western Europe and the US, CP-1252 is the default character encoding. How about default character encoding in other windows version? In addition, recently I hear that windows 8 use ...
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Which default encoding for Vim: utf8 or latin1?

I'm writing text in European languages as French, German, Italian. All characters are compatible with latin1 encoding. Thats why I decided to set the default encoding in vim to latin1. Once in ...
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Why do some Unicode characters appear as boxes?

Some Unicode characters cannot be shown in my browser. I generated valid Unicode (utf8) characters but many of them are unable to be displayed. If they don't have representation, then why are they ...
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How is web form content encoded in Safari's cache?

A friend of mine just accidentally navigated off a web page where she entered a rather lengthy text into a web form. When navigating back to the page, the text was lost. (Spoiler: The page had an ...
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Type Mayan numerals?

I would like to know 3 things: (1) Are Mayan numerals included in the latest version of Unicode? (2) Is it possible to type Mayan numerals on a computer w/o Unicode? (3) If #2 is possible, how ...
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How to change Content-Transfer-Encoding for email attachments?

I have signed up for http://eudyptula-challenge.org/ challenge and this accepts email attachments only in simple text format. The files without extension (and also .zip file) are transferred with ...
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ANSI to UTF-8 in Notepad++

I have a text encoded in ANSI: When I tried to convert it into UTF-8 (using the Notepad++ menu Encoding > UTF-8), I get some weird characters: I thought that UTF-8 was a superset of ANSI and ...
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Have to copy twice to correctly copy Chinese characters

I'm using Windows 7, I can view Chinese characters fine on webpages, but when I copy and paste them somewhere, they show up as ???'s. This is probably because I don't have Eastern Asian languages ...
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Why am I getting this weird character in PowerPoint on OS X?

I'm getting this odd character on OS X in PowerPoint. It seems to be replacing '>' and other mathematical operators. I'm guessing it's a missing font...
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WLMail displays messages correctly on screen, but prints  where there is =C2=A0 for some messages

There are many questions online related to this. And I understand that =C2=A0 stands for non-breaking space when it appears within a mime part with type: Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 My ...
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Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?

When I put 'a' in a text file, it makes it 2 bytes but when I put, let's say 'ա', which is a letter from Armenian alphabet, it makes it 3 bytes. What is the difference between alphabets for a ...
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Character encoding at webserver on windows

I have set up a webserver on windows 8.1. Now i am having problems with the character encodings of links: There are directories and file names containing german umlauts (ä ö ü ß). The autoindex ...
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How to encode a text string into QP?

I would like to encode some basic text strings into QP. I have tested several online encoders on the web, and none of them worked. One of them can be found at Webatic. I can use it to decode QP into ...
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What are these strange characters? [duplicate]

I couldn't put them in the title because they actually seem to have many bytes: I took some screenshots:
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What would cause strange characters to appear in terminal ? É

I have vagrant vm running inside my mac. I accidentally redirected the output of rpm2cpio to standard out. I quickly canceled it, but now my keyboard has remapped some of the keys. ...
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Windows 8.1 - Command Prompt with encoding error in special chars

I have a fresh install of windows 8.1 and the command prompt is like shown in the image below,that is, special chars with encoding error. It seems there is not many users with this same problem, since ...
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How to browse a font by characters from a given codepage?

Most of the font manager tools display characters of a font grouped by subsets of the Unicode character set. Is there a tool that displays the characters grouped by the particular code page that a ...
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How to set urxvt so it can ignore a certain utf-8 character as a part of a word?

I'm using debian testing distro, and I have urxvt pseudo terminal. I need the character "│" to be ignored and not treated as a part of a word. When I double click (with Lshift in tmux) on a word it ...
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Unrecognized character in filename (linux)

I have a problem accessing file in linux Mint. The reason is obviously the unrecognized character(s) in the filename but none of the techniques I know helped me to rename it. So, here are details: ...
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Displaying Korean characters properly on a computer with English Windows XP

I have Windows XP Professional Version 2002 SP 3 English version I have installed the required input methods in Regional and Language Settings and as far as I know all the other options provided there ...
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Arabic/Urdu text scrambled

I had created a file in notepad++, converted its encoding to Characterset->Arabic->ISO-8859-6 and copied and pasted some text in Arabic then closed the file. but when I reopened it, all the text had ...
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How to search a custom character in windows?

My current Windows 7 is in English. I have some files transferred from another computer which contains non-english characters. Look at the picture below Now, I want to delete them all. But writing ...
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How to add additional charsets to libiconv in Cygwin

My problem is, that I sometimes have to convert files in the ISO646-DE-encoding (for german authorities... Don't ask...). On each linux-system that I used iconv -f ISO8859-1 -t ISO646-DE worked ...
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Finding out the default character encoding in Windows

Is there any way to find what is the default character encoding in Windows? I know that in Western Europe and the US, CP-1252 is the default, but need to check this on other Windows machines too. ...
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Convert .txt. file from windows-1251 to utf-8

I'm trying to read the cyrillic text that is stored in .txt format. Once I open it with OpenOffice, it is OK. Once I open it with Notepad++, it shows unreadable symbols. Setting Windows-1251 prior ...
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Why do Chrome/Firefox fail choosing the right character encoding?

In those two browsers, this web page has all the accented characters displayed as questions marks. Since the header apparently includes the right infos... <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" ...
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Find Alt-code for any character

Sometimes, an alt-code that I find on the internet does not work on my PC, for example Pi alt code (Alt+227) throws Ń isntead of π. So I need to use the character in clipboard (or in a file or ...
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(Czech) character set support in gvim 7.3 on Windows 7

I have received the following text on a Skype conversation, so I assume it is encoded in UTF-8. The special characters are from the Latin 2 (e.g. Czech) character set. Štěpánka Now I have tried to ...
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Export from Access to Excel, Bosnian char š not showing completely

I hope this is the right StackExchange forum for my question. I need to export a table from Access to Excel. It has all sorts of special characters in it. Ranging from é, à, ù to ß and finally š. ...
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How to automatically detect text file charset and convert it to UTF-8

Is there any way to auto-detect character encoding of a text file and convert it to UTF-8? I'm using Windows 7.
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Polish unicode characters on Windows

I downloaded some polish subtitles to a movie for my friend's dad, and some of the characters are just numbers and jumbled looking characters. I was wondering what I would have to do to get these ...
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Copying text from YouTube to Clipboard introduces dashes?

Here's an example of a link I found on YouTube in the comments section of a video. gnu.org/distros/free-distros.h­tml This is the way it shows up in the comment. If I highlight this link and copy ...
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Homebrew CLI Emacs inserting ¯ when I press M-<

When I try to navigate to the start of a buffer with M-<, Emacs instead inserts a weird character ¯. How should I correct Emacs or Terminal.app to fix this? $ specs emacs brew bash os Specs: ...
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Vim scripting with Tcl: encoding mismatch

I am trying to write a plugin for Vim using Tcl as the backend language. I have written and tested most of the code and it seems to work fine except for one hurdle I can't seem to get over: encoding. ...
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How do I convert many text files from <some_encoding> to utf8-no-bom?

I'm looking to convert lots of text files (40+) from ISO-Latin-1 to UTF8-no-bom. How can I accomplish this?
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Why does this PDF appear to encode parentheses correctly but doesn't when using pdftotext or copying and pasting?

I have several journal articles here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3610797/malformed-pdfs/A897.full.pdf https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3610797/malformed-pdfs/B1264.full.pdf ...
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Windows 7 missing Central European characters

I just installed Windows 7 in English and I'm missing Central European characters in Notepad despite of picking "Central European" in [Format > Font... > Script]. In Windows 7 language settings I ...
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7zip filename encoding problems

I have problems extracting files from 7zip archive with non-ascii symbols in filenames. I have identical versions of 7z on two computers, which differ only by the system locale. If I compress on one ...
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Decode weird characters in text file

Someone sent me a text file. Although I can read most of the document, sometimes there are unusual characters. When I open it in VIM, I see <92> in it's place. When I use gedit, i see a character ...
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Arrows don't work in Ubuntu

I'm using Ubuntu 12.xx When I'm in a shell (xterm or gnome terminal) and I press the UP arrow, the terminal prints "^]]A" instead of fetching the last used command like it normally does. How can I ...
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Arabic Filenames messed up after backup. How to retrieve?

I needed to back up a computer with mixed Arabic and English (Roman) filenames because the computer hard drive was about to fail. The files copied over successfully, or so I thought. When I went to ...
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Change default text encoding in EditPad

How can I set UTF-8 as default characters encoding for new files in EditPad?
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Why I see `????` characters in command line output of `dir` list for non english named files? [duplicate]

In cmd I type dir My Document and get all non english letters padded with ? But in file explorer I see them properly. How do I fix this?
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Adobe Acrobat Copy and Paste Font messed up

How does one copy and paste in Acrobat when fonts are embedded in PDF and not machine? I am opening an Adobe PDF and I copy the font from the PDF and then paste it to word and the characters are ...
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how to change character encoding in mac?

I just edited a .html file using Adobe Dreamweaver, the charset is gb2312 since it's a Chinese website, then I used TextMate to edit the file, after I save the file, it was changed into utf-8 since ...
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How do I type the infinity character in a web browser? [duplicate]

I can use Charmap utility in Windows to find, copy, and paste the character in any application, including web browsers. But what is the Alt key combination to type in the infinity character? ...
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Converting my iTunes library to romaji

I have just added to my iTunes library a bunch of new Japanese songs. When I say a bunch, I mean it. A lot of them. And their titles are mostly in their original Japanese form, which is in kanji, ...
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What character encodings were used before 1963?

It is said that the first character encodings, ASCII and EBCDIC, appeared in 1963. My question: What character encodings preceded them? Did computer process characters before 1963? In particular, ...
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Convert text file to ASCII, not ANSI in Sublime Text

We have a project where we need to convert weird characters generated from all kinds of file formats into ASCII due to compatibility issues. Is it possible in Sublime Text 2 to convert the encoding ...