Firefox "Auto Detect" for Character Encoding: how to turn it on?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by *alan*, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. *alan*

    *alan* Guest

    The "Auto Detect" feature for character encoding (found under the "View"
    options) indicates that it is "off". It would seem a good idea for this
    feature to be "on", but there does not appear to be a way to do this.
    Firefox "Help" is not helpful.

    I just noticed this when I was trying to view this Wikipedia page: None of the Chinese characters were
    presented properly, having been turned into question marks. I tried
    manually selecting all the available versions of Chinese encoding, UTF8 and
    UTF7 and nothing worked.

    I should note that I have absolutely no trouble getting accurately
    represented Arabic web-pages such as, but I
    notice that the "Auto-detect" feature for this is also "off" when viewing
    this (and other) Arabic pages.

    Does Firefox actually have an "Auto-Detect" feature? Does it work? If so,
    how can it be turned "on"?

    Thanks for your help.
    *alan*, Mar 6, 2007
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  2. *alan*

    McFly Guest


    Since you found where the character encoding settings are located,
    have you tried to set it to Universal?

    McFly, Mar 6, 2007
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  3. *alan*

    *alan* Guest

    Yes. In addition to having tried "Universal" (which didn't work --- still
    the same question marks in place of the Chinese characters), I also tried
    Japanese and Korean for good measure, and even UTF16 (which I'd never heard
    of --- it turned even the English into question marks, lol).
    *alan*, Mar 6, 2007
  4. *alan*

    why? Guest

    Looks okay in FF / SeaMonkey 1.1

    The page encoding is set at the top
    html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en"
    meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

    With the few <span lang="zh-Hant" xml:lang="zh-Hant">????</span>;
    otherwise view source in FF shows the graphical character with no
    html/xml source showing.
    FF is Auto Off, UTF-8, however when I look in the View / Encoding I see
    West / East Europe 3 lots of Asian selections. Do your More Encodings
    expand out showing all the options?

    I think at one point I was looking at Indian pages for someone and added
    lots of different languages to Control Panel / Regional Settings.

    Was hoping a raw fetch of the page would show the background coding
    before it hits a browser but no such luck, it looks like

    (zié, now pronounced <i>jié</i>)

    So no clues there.
    Maybe try Newsgroups / Forums at
    why?, Mar 6, 2007
  5. *alan*

    *alan* Guest

    And that may very well be the source of my problem. Going to Control Panel,
    Regional and Language settings, I tried to add languages, was prompted to
    "insert disk labelled XP Professional Service Pack2" ---- well, I don't
    have the disk, so I guess I'm out of luck . . . oh well.
    *alan*, Mar 7, 2007
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