From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri May 21 2004 - 14:09:25 CDT
> Jon Hanna scripsit:
> > [T]he default encoding on the server (which really should be utf-8
> > on www.unicode.org at this stage).
> Currently it is, but there are sticky issues: in particular, a default
> overrides information in HTML meta elements as well as browser heuristics,
> at least for modern browsers.
> Consequently, random pages that happen to be in non-Unicode charsets are
> getting mis-served and mis-displayed. The site will probably revert to
> having no default as a result, which is a great pity.
> Talk to Sarasvati if you have a better idea.
You can instruct Apache to serve a part of the site with another default
encoding by uploading with your FTP client a .htaccess file containing a
different default MIME type association.
What I did in another website was to name plain-text files coded with UTF-8 with
a ".UTF-8.txt" double extension, and I mapped that double extension to
"text/plain; charset=UTF-8", and set it in the default config file for Apache.
This way, there is no more need to create .htaccess files throughout the site,
and visitors also have an explicit-clue (in the filename) which charset to
select if the browser ignores both the "Content-Type:" header and the leading
UTF-8 BOM and the <?xml charset> declaration and the <meta> tag in the HTML
<head> section (lots of alternatives to specify it: which browser will ignore
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