Get Character Coding UTF-8 On Your Browser

Get Character Coding UTF-8 On Your Browser

You have seen some strange non-English characters here and there that come out looking like scrambled eggs on your browser? That’s probably because your browser is trying to read Russian or Japanese or Chinese or whatever language with an ASCII English-only character code. I know, that’s Greek to you, right? Well, there is a way out that is not very strenuous.

For Firefox 11.0 and 12.0 (sorry, this is from a French Firefox, but the instructions are in the same location, regardless of language):

  • Click on the dropdown main menu item “Affichage” (“View” in English) and choose…
  • “Encodage des charactères” (“character coding” I think is the English use)
  • and then “Unicode (UTF-8)”
  • and you are finished!

For Internet Explorer 9.0 (this time it is in German, but the same applies as for FF – the selections are in the same locations regardless of the language):

  • On the top line of instructions, click on “Ansicht” (“View” in English)
  • Then move down the drop-down menu to “Codierung” (I think this is “Character Code” in English) with your cursor
  • When the side menu appears, click on “Unicode (UTF-8)” and repeat the exercise if the line “links-nach-rechts-Dokument” (left-to-right document) is not already checked
  • … and you’re done!

Now you will be able to see all the characters for all the European languages plus all the others that are covered by UTF-8 (includes specifically all Latin-character, Greek-character, and Cyrillic-character languages). You can experience more at Wikipedia.

Get Character Coding UTF-8 On Your Browser

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