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Quotation marks display as question marks in some app's

by buzzards27 / July 19, 2004 12:06 AM PDT

In the last month of so I've noticed that quotation marks display as question marks in some applications. Is there an issue with my ASCII table or is it just an issue with cutting and pasting between applications?

"test" is displaying as ?test? occasionally

Any ideas on what is going on and how to correct it. I do have a Norton firewall, Norton antivirus and Lavasoft Ad-Ware 6 running.

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I can do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2004 12:15 AM PDT

If my copy is from say NOTEPAD, there is no font information so when I paste into WORD then the current font is used and the ASCII values used and the result can be a mismatched character.

Nothing broken I fear. That's how it works.


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Re: I can do that.
by buzzards27 / July 19, 2004 12:22 AM PDT
In reply to: I can do that.

thank you, i know it seems dumb to ask, but with the way things are going you cannot be too safe. it is the randomness that had me concerned. i just cannot identify a pattern to it.

i assume from your answer that you have seen this yourself.

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Yes. But I can produce the result on demand.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2004 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: I can do that.

I noted specific programs and actions to give the effect you noted. What I was hoping you would do is note WHAT PROGRAMS you found this to happen in.

In closing, a good idea would be to run HOUSECALL's Web based Antivirus just to make sure nothing new has been installed. Also, you didn't note if this is new behaviour with old programs or much else.


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Blame Microsoft
by Yew / July 19, 2004 10:32 PM PDT

A couple of years ago, Microsoft decided to create their own codepages for fonts. They were largely the same, but as you've noticed, the ? and " characters were switched. Most Windows users never notice, but Mac and Linux users noticed quite quickly since they were still using the international standard codepages.

With the switch to Unicode, the problem has largely gone away, but you can still sometimes find remnants such as this. There's not a whole lot you can do, but someone did write a very simple little program called "demoronizer" which will "correct" this problem in most documents.

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Re: Blame Microsoft
by buzzards27 / July 26, 2004 12:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Blame Microsoft

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