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Questions tagged [character-encoding]

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 telecommunication networks or for data storage.

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How can I convert multiple files to UTF-8 encoding using *nix command line tools? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Batch-convert files for encoding or line ending I have a bunch of text files that I'd like to convert from any given charset to UTF-8 encoding. Are there any command line ...
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App to convert from ANSI to UTF8 on windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Batch-convert files for encoding or line ending under Windows Hey! I have many files that are encoded in the ANSI (iso-8859-1) format and I want to change it to utf8. I am ...
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search PDFs with non-standard character encodings

Some PDF files produce garbage ("mojibake") when you copy text (even though they render OK). This makes it impossible to search them (whatever you search for will not match the garbage). Does anyone ...
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What is this '°͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌' strange character?

I saw this °͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌ strange character online. I also noted that: It needs 26 backspaces to delete but behaves like one character when selecting. It is drawn vertically covering ...
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How to set character encoding when opening Excel

Is it possible to set the default encoding for Excel (any version, e.g. 2010) when opening files like csv files (like you can in Open Office Calc)? I When I try to open a csv file encoded in Japanese ...
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Get Dingbats to appear in Firefox 3?

Inspired by this question on Meta: Is the mark to the left of the badges supposed to be a square or a checkmark? On my FireFox, the "check" mark appears as a box with numbers in it, rather than a ...
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Default PowerShell to emitting UTF-8 instead of UTF-16?

By default, PowerShell in Windows seems to be outputting UTF-16 (e.g., if I do a simple echo hello > hi.txt, then hi.txt ends up in UTF-16). I know that I can force this to my desired text ...
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How do I find this character(by unicode search) in notepad++ ﻁ (\uFEC1 and only that character)

How do I find this character(by unicode search) in notepad++ ﻁ If I go to charmap and I pick this character I type FEC1 in the unicode search box and hit ENTER and it finds the character I look it ...
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Help with PuTTY Terminal Settings - Unrecognized Characters

I am running PuTTY on Windows 7/64-bit laptop. I am connecting to an Ubuntu 9.10/64-bit system running OpenSSH_5.1p1 Debian-6ubuntu2. When I am running some command, the output contains unrecognized ...
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How do I find the encoding of the current buffer in vim?

Say I am editing some file with vim (or gvim). I have no idea about the file's encoding and I want to know whether it is in UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 or whatever? Can I somehow tell vim to show me what ...
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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 that I ...
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What could cause strange characters in Vim?

I'm have this really strange problem in Vim using the NERD tree plugin, where, as you can see in the picture, the characters are showing up very strange. Where there is the ahat, ~V 3/4 it should be |-...
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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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How can I enforce so Notepad++ uses UTF-8 every time I create a new file?

I want to use the character encoding UTF-8 (without BOM) on my files. I can change the encoding from the "Format" menu, but it is reset every time I create a new file or open a file. How can I do so ...
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How do I change character encoding of a text file in OpenOffice.org writer?

How do I change character encoding of a plain text file in OOO Writer? I have a text file in Windows-1251 and I'd like to change it to UTF-8.
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Batch change encoding ascii files from utf-8 to iso-8859-1 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Batch-convert files for encoding or line ending under Windows I need a tool like this http://www.rotatingscrew.com/utfcast.aspx But the tool should do the opposite, convert ...
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How to make Quick Look preview text files in UTF-8 by default?

When I use Quick Look in the Finder on a text file, it'll inevitably render garbled because it treats it as MacRoman. Can I do something to make it always use UTF-8, or, even better, be ever so ...
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Convert File Names into UTF

I have a folder full of sub folders and files which are named using Hebrew encoding (Windows XP - Windows-1255). I now use Windows 7 and I want to convert all file names into UTF (Native Windows 7 ...
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Why do (Russian) characters in some received emails change when reading in David InfoCenter?

I'm using David InfoCenter as email software, and I have troubles with some of my emails in Russian. It's only a few letters, in some emails (sent from different people), like for example the "R" ("Р" ...
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Chrome is displaying international characters instead of English; how can I fix this?

I've run into a problem with Google Chrome on my laptop (my desktop machine, apparently an identical Windows 7 installation doesn't have the problem). On some sites, Chrome fails to render text ...
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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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Use `less` pager on file with non-standard encoding

I often use the less pager to view logfiles. Usually I use less -F to follow the progress of the log à la tail. However, some logfiles use national characters in a non-standard encoding (Latin-1, ...
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Cutting & Pasting Vietnamese characters from a PDF

I'm trying to copy/paste a bunch of Vietnamese text from a PDF document to Notepad++ (or anything, nothing works). The pasted text is different than the source text. What would be the best way to go ...
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Why don't ANSI symbols work in PuTTY/Debian?

The awesome application tree, which I installed in Debian with apt-get install tree, has the option of drawing its output using ANSI graphics. Its output looks like this now: . tqq node_modules x ...
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Cannot copy non-latin characters from PDF document

I have a pdf file which contains some non-latin european characters. If I copy some text with the highlight tool, and paste it into another program (word, notepad) - the 'special' characters do not ...
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Determine and change filename encoding on Windows

I have files on a Windows server that have certain accented characters in the name. On Windows Explorer files are displayed normally but running 'dir' at the command prompt with default settings ...
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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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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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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. ÄvagrantÉus-...
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Unable to convert file to UTF-8

I am on Windows XP sp3 and I am trying to convert a file from ASCII to UTF-8. I use notepad++ to do this. I go to Encoding > Convert to UTF-8 without BOM. I save the file, reopen and it is still on ...