Why does my Google Chrome browser (on OSX) do this to text on some websites? Is there a fix?

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    That's because the site you're visiting doesn't respect the W3C standards.
    – dag729
    May 26, 2010 at 17:31

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You might have something strange set for your default encoding. Try the setting under Preferences → Under the Hood → Change Font and Language Settings → Default Encoding, set it to "Western (ISO-8859-1)".

On individual pages, you can also try the View menu → Text Encoding → Auto Detect.


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