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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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2answers
732 views

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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1answer
80 views

(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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2answers
348 views

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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4answers
452 views

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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2answers
450 views

ANSI file with charSet with latin character

I´m with a doubt about encoding/charset. I make a test. Typing the string "TEST Á" without the quotes in Notepad++ with encode in ANSI. "The ANSI charsets are all the same for ASCII characters such ...
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1answer
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Why are these weird characters displayed in embedded YouTube videos, GitHub client and a few other places?

Edit: If you're experiencing similar strangeness as in the screenshots, try resetting your font cache. There's a brilliant free app called FontNuke which will do it automatically and worked for me ...
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1answer
129 views

The text contains characters that cannot be saved in the current encoding. Possibility wanted to highlight those

After copying text from PDF-Viewer it sometimes happens that fi are copied as one character. When trying to save this document, there is the error message "The text contains characters that cannot be ...
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2answers
1k views

Search special characters or short mathematical symbols in pdf files

I have Adobe Reader, Okular and Document Viewer as pdf readers. The papers I read are often texts with mathematical formulae, generated by LaTeX. But it seems that searching special characters or ...
3
votes
2answers
792 views

White Question Mark in Black Diamond

We are all familiar with the white question mark inside of a black diamond (�) when there is an encoding issue. Does this 'character' have an offical name? Or is it only referred to as the 'white ...
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3answers
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Alt + Number key combination in notebooks

If you do Alt + 64 in a PC you will get "@" and so on for most characters. I could not find out way yet to use this very helpful resource in notebooks. Can this be done? I would like if possible ...
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2answers
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How is http://d§.cc/ a valid URL?

While browsing online today, I came across the following URL: http://d§.cc/ Somehow it works. In Firefox 3.6/Mac, the browser seems to interpret the URL as: http://xn--d-jca.cc/ In Safari 5/Mac, ...
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2answers
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Linkedin Profile: How to add line breaks to your specialties section [closed]

How can we create line breaks in a way they are respected by linkedin? I'm using a Unix system (OSX). I found this answer but I think there has to be a way of doing it without running a LiveCD.