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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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File transfered with TeamViewer Loses Line Endings

I am trying to transfer a CSV file, encoded UTF-8, to a remote machine using TeamViewer. After the transfer, when I open the file on the remote machine, line endings have been stripped from the file, ...
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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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Can't enter Chinese characters into Firefox (using a pen)

I have a pen recognition software called Penpower Junior that allows me to enter Chinese characters into Windows with a pen recognition software. (I'm on a Mac right now but this is for Windows.) I ...
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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 ...
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PuTTY: inputting some special characters doesn't work (Romanian)

I use PuTTY to connect to a CentOS server, and I sometimes need to enter Romanian characters from the keyboard. I use Windows 7 on the client computer; I have the server locale set up as en_US.UTF-8, ...
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The font has chinese characters but I can't type it out?

I am using a font, Kievit for a design project. It is an English font however it says it supports Chinese characters. By using Character Maps, I can see there is Chinese characters in it. But every ...
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FFmpeg encoding for meta data wrong – need it in UTF8

When I run this command ffmpeg.exe -i test.mp3 -metadata title="The Title You Want" -metadata artist="ÄÄÄßß!`n Artist Name" -metadata album="Name Fö#'ddp+!of the Album" -c:a copy -id3v2_version 3 ...
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How can I check the encoding of the tag in Mp3 file?

I want to ensure that the tag inside is using unicode, otherwise it may display incorrectly in media player. For example, many mp3 in my pc is japanese so they are having janpanese character tag. If ...
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Scrutiny all visible or invisible characters of a text file

Is there any software that can be used to scrutinize all visible or invisible characters in a text file (characters like BOM, direction mark, line feed ...)? Showing the Unicode name of characters ...
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Character sets needed to properly display “zalgo”

The following answer on Stack Overflow is famous for its convincing argument against using regex to parse HTML: http://stackoverflow.com/a/1732454/505154 The content of the post becomes increasingly ...
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Cannot open text files with Turkish characters

I am learning Turkish and I would like to be able to open Turkish text files. I am running Windows 7 and I have even installed the Turkish display language for Windows. But I am still not able to ...
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WinMerge & Encoding

I have a problem with WinMerge (or more specific: WinMergeU). I have several php files that have the same content up to the chosen encoding. How can I tell WinMerge to ignore the encoding? If this is ...
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Windows codepage is broken

My Windows installation has Latin and Cyrillic inputs enabled, but uses the English layout. And I suddenly realized that non-unicode programs can not display Cyrillic symbols. They are displayed as ...