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CJK Classic BIOS code pages [closed]

Can the existence of classic BIOS code pages for Chinese - Japanese - Korean be confirmed or are these code pages only available in the operating system? How do the BIOS interrupt functions 0x10 and ...
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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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FFmpeg encoding part of the video with subtitles

encode part of a file and at the same time add the subtitles for that part. I am using: ffmpeg -ss 00:02:00 -t 00:00:30 -i "path/to/input" -c:v libvpx -crf 5 -b:v 3M -c:a libvorbis -vf ...
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Selecting text from unprotected text pdf issue

I am trying to copy some text from tables in an unprotected pdf. However, when I highlight the text (about size 10 font), it appears as though I am highlighting text with a huge font (size 50+). It is ...
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How to add subtitles and an additional audio track to a DVD without having to re-encode the original audio/video data?

So I have this DVD with medium-quality video recordings. I'd like to augment it by subtitles (in two languages) and add a second audio track (a translation). So far I only found tools that require ...
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How can I set the terminal encoding when running a crontab job?

I have a crontab job which executes a Ruby script on Arch Linux. It works basically, but when I call "googlecl" to post to my blog, it always shows a "safeDecodeError" exception (eg.: ...
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tmux shows weirdly encoded history on OSX

If I do the "history" command in tmux, I get a really weird result. Anyone got a hint on what to do to get normal output? The output looks like this: 477 ◆┬▒⎺▒└☃◆ 478 c▒├ ◆┬▒⎺▒└☃◆ 479 ...
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Weird characters (´╗┐) at the start of a batch file

I am working with batch files in Windows, using both Notepad, and Notepad++. When I run the batch files, which all start with @echo off, I see the first line (when running on two separate machines) ...
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Elusive character encoding issue [duplicate]

I posted this question almost one year ago: Vim scripting with Tcl: encoding mismatch It's never been solved. I assumed it was a problem with Vim, but today I was reading some Pentadactyl ...
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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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SAML Potentially Dangerous Request.Form Value [migrated]

I recently started using SAML for my website's authentication which is working great except 1 particular problem. Some users (all of them are in the same domain group policy if that helps) get an ...
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How do I view a page with a different character encoding in Firefox?

I'm looking at a web page and the characters are all ASCII gibberish. I have reason to believe the web page is in Shift-JIS character encoding. So, I want to view the page in that encoding. I'm using ...
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Why are special characters such as “carriage return” represented as “^M”?

Why is ^M used to represent a carriage return in VIM and other contexts? My guess is that M is the 13th letter of the Latin alphabet and a carriage return is \x0D or decimal 13. Is this the reason? ...
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iconv supports too few encoding

iconv -l outputs too few encodings on CentOS 6.5: $ iconv -l 10646-1:1993, 10646-1:1993/UCS4, ANSI_X3.4-1968, ANSI_X3.4-1986, ANSI_X3.4, ASCII, CP367, CSASCII, CSUCS4, IBM367, ISO-10646, ...
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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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Search for non-characters (character replacement indicators)

I have a text file (actually a .csv exported from .xlsx in LibreOffice) with lines that have gibberish when opened in LibreOffice Calc. In VIM they appear as the following: Joe User, joe@user.com, ...
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Preventing OSX from using “smart” curly quotes

Is there a way to prevent OSX from using curly double and single quotes by default? I use Evernote to store SQL commands for reference and instead of getting " and ' when typing I end up with ‘ and ”. ...
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Text Encoding Wrong In Some Applications

Recently, I opened VLC and discovered that all the text was unreadable. It seems as if the endianness is wrong, or something else relating to encoding is failing. I found that multiple apps have the ...
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Why do Cyrillic letter in URL domain appears so strange?

Short explanation: Why does russian characters in domain name in URL перезагрузкаопмо.рф get mapped to some randomness like this: http://xn--80aaigamcyttbbjfe2c.xn--p1ai. Please note, I am not ...
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How to Embed Subtitle to MP4 Without Re-Encoding or ( Is it possible to show Softcoded Subtitle in Web Flash Player )

I have mp4 videos. I need mp4 videos for my website so i dont want to re-encode my mp4 videos to mp4 to add subtitle. I can add subtitle to my videos with MP4Box (with CMD) but it is softcoded. ...
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Can iconv convert the 'symbol' encoding?

I need to convert some files in greek that are encoded to be used with 'Symbol' font to Unicode. Can I use iconv for this? And if so, what is the name of encoding that is used in 'Symbol'?
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Display multiple language subtitles in WMP using an SMI file

I have an SMI file that contains subtitle translations for 9 languages. The original file is using UTF-8 encoding, so viewing the text file in Notepad displays fine. I have the SMI file and a WMV ...
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H.264 Pro Recorder Files not closed properly

I have several files that were recorded using a BlackMagic Design H.264 Pro Recorder. It would appear that somewhere in the process, the recorder did not close out the file properly when the ...
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FFmpeg on Linux Video Size in Preset

Hi everyone I am trying to create a preset to encode my videos with ffmpeg through this file: #video options s=716x402 vcodec=libx264 minrate=900k maxrate=1100k bufsize=1500k vprofile=high level=4 ...
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Interruptions on the encoder output stream

I have next scheme: input video stream --> SDI converter --> encoder (that delivers HD content to CDN). I got a problem - when i increase the bitrate of outgoing stream to 4000Kbps - there are ...
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Encoding audio in vorbis with Handbrake

My understanding is that the vorbis algorithm uses a variable rate of encoding. So, when encoding videos with audio in vorbis format, why does Handbrake ask me for a bitrate? What does Handbrake do ...
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What is the optimal codec and encoding parameters to encode Video Podcast?

I've got recorded PowerPoint presentation (video podcast) - static slides, mainly texts, some static infographics with voice of the presenter (speech only). It lasts about 1 hour and encoded to .avi ...
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ffmpeg -sample_fmt error under Windows

I was tasked to convert a simple audio track on windows using the following command: ffmpeg -i mySound.mp3 -acodec libmp3lame -ar 48000 -ab 128k -ac 2 -sample_fmt s16 out.mp3 However it fails ...
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How do I open files sent to me in a 'document envelope'?

I just got an email whose X-Mailer is "X-Mailer: Microsoft CDO for Windows 2000". It has as an attachment a .sgn file, whose content is an XML with one field apparently being a base64-encoded PDF: ...
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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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Firefox encodes some characters as squares filled with numbers

Since a couple of days I'm experiencing this problem: Firefox (and Light too) displays a lot of strange characters in different websites. Something like: 🎂   And so on. I realized that those ...
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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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How to install SublimeText3 EncodingHelper [closed]

I'm facing some issues with encoding in sublimetext I need to apply UTF-8 without BOM! How can I do that?
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How to change character set of text in Excel 2013

I have the following issue with Excel 2013, which is still surprisingly lacking proper multilanguage support despite it being, you know, XXI century. I have a text in Excel 2013 which is displayed as ...
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What encoding is Banned Suffix List?

Mozilla maintains a effective TLD or banned suffix list at Public Suffix List and its wiki Public Suffix List. Most entries are straight forward, but some are confusing to me since I don't work with ...
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Ffmpeg Sync when extracting parts of video

This question can be seen as an extension of this question. I am using the ffmpeg 2.0.1 . The following commands is useful when you want to extract parts of one big video file given time makers. ...
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GNU screen lost encoding settings after detached and reattached

I set the defencoding and encoding in the .screenrc, defencoding GBK encoding GBK GBK After I detached and reattached the session, the encoding settings don't work. screen -r -d -S session How ...
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Batch convert to UTF-8 a directory having both UTF-8 and CP-1251 files

I have a directory containing files, some of them are UTF-8, some are CP-1251. I want to convert the ones that are CP-1251 to be UTF-8, but without corrupting the UTF-8 files. I tried using iconv -f ...
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Add watermark to ffmpeg MP4 encoding process in Windows?

Want to apologize off the bat as I am by no means familiar with working with ffmpeg and after trying countless times unsuccessfully to accomplish adding a PNG image watermark to my videos I'm hoping ...
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Can't extract file with non-ascii name from zip archive

I am using Linux Slackware 14, downloaded a zip archive with a file, containing Russian characters in it's name. Now when I try to unzip it in console, it prints an error and doesn't unzip: bash-4.2$ ...
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How to encode mails in UTF-16 in recent thunderbirds versions?

I've got problems with sending a mail formated in UTF-8. The is not recognized at all and the special characters of my language aren't displayed proprely... The same thing append when I write the ...
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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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ffmpeg stripping out third stream not working

I have files with a third stream which could be some metadata from FCP. This is the output of ffprobe: ffprobe 00700.mov ffprobe version 2.0.1 Copyright (c) 2007-2013 the FFmpeg developers ...
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Filename encoding on Mac OS X Mavericks FTP service

I was trying to transfer some files from my Windows 8 machine to Mac OS X via FTP (don't ask why everything else failed, but it did - in every piece of software for file transfer computers don't see ...
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ffmpeg minimal requirements configuration for encoding and decoding h264 files

I'm trying to compile ffmpeg with minimal requirements in order to encode/decode with h264. So far my command line configuration is : ./configure --disable-yasm --disable-everything ...
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What encoding to get Å Ä Ö to work

I'm writing a small application in VB.net that will enable me to easy create a user "Windows 7 account" with a password, instead of going though the control panel. The problem I'm having is that when ...
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Files saved in utf-8 shown broken in browsers

Now every time I save a file with utf-8 (default, like I did it the last 8 years) my browsers (Chrome, Firefox) can't read it properly any longer. If I use encoding utf-16 it works fine, but I don't ...
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encoding that is compatible with both latin1 and uft-8?

I use vim to edit files and I can make it display Korean only if I set the "Current language for non-Unicode program" to "Korean". I can accept that thtat is the way it supposed to be. But then if I ...
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unicode double latin letters (ligatures)

What unicode characters are there where two latin letters are joined together in a ligature to form a single unicode character? similar to this type of character: ㎐ or æ I looked in the unicode ...
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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 ...