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From: Damon Anderson (
Date: Wed Jan 09 2008 - 06:55:18 CST

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    I maybe an old dog trying to learn new tricks, but I simply can't
    understand how Unicode is implemented in GUI editors. From Word to
    OpenOffice to DreamWeaver when I type Unicode characters and then go to
    look at the source I see nothing but gobbledy gook hodge podge of odd
    ASCII characters or Character pairs/groups. I can, of course type into
    source directly a properly escaped HTML decimal unicode character and it
    will display in the UI correctly, but when I type in the UI and view the
    source I have no way to verify that the correct Unicode is being used, as
    no Unicode is apparent, no escape characters, no hex or dec. I am
    completely baffled.

    What is happening and why/how is the Unicode being recoded or displayed in
    non-unicode format in the source? Is there a proper source editor that
    will display the actual Unicode encodings? Is the problem in my Unikey
    Vietnamese keyboard driver? Unikey seems to send HTML unicode, but that's
    not what Dreamweaver displays in the source.

    Then there's OpenOffice... I have had to actually submit a bug to OOo
    because when I use it to read directly from my database which is storing
    correctly escaped HTML unicode it converts all of my ampersand escape
    characters to & so ỡ becomes &7905. That one just baffles
    me, as they are supposed to be supporting Unicode, but convert my Unicode
    and then don't even convert it to Unicode but use & instead.

    Any help or insight would be appreciated.

    Damon Anderson, Business Director
    Corigo Việt Nam
    391B Lý Thường Kiệt
    P.9, Q. Tân Bình
    Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam
    Mobile: +84 90 834-2421

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