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I ordered a CD "Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison" from

When I view my order,instead of the e-grave in "cinquieme" I see a few
odd characters. In the HTML they are hex C383C21A.  I have written to
amazon suggesting that "è" would be better than that sequence,
but they want to blame my browser (IE6, IE7, Firefox and Opera
9.26 all fail to display the correct character, so they have an uphill
battle on their hands).

What is that string, and should my browsers be handling it? I suspect
that is hoping that all of its users will have some Canadian
codepage specified in their browsers.

Steve Swift

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Steve Swift wrote:
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Have you tried in Fx for example:   View/Character Encoding

Bonne chance

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It's possible their server is sending the wrong Content-Type header--
the page is actually Latin1 but the server is saying it's UTF-8 or

Having said that C3 83 C2 1A doesn't look like valid UTF-8 and certainly
isn't Latin1 for egrave.

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Scripsit Steve Swift:

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They're using ISO-8859-15 (ISO Latin 9) as the encoding. Poor choice on
the web. They get really nothing (the few characters that are in
ISO-8859-1 but not in ISO-8859-15 could be represented using character
references, or you could use UTF-8, which would be a good idea
especially for pages with forms). And they risk losing customers with
browsers that don't grok that encoding.

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Looks like mess that may result from wrong conversions. C3 is common in
UTF-8 encoding of text containing Latin-1 letters, and C3 83
specifically is UTF-8 for Â, capital A with circumflex, which is a
fairly rare character, but the ISO-8859-1 (and ISO-8859-15) code for it
is C2, which is common in UTF-8 encoding of text containing Latin-1
letters... so I suspect they're doing some incorrect double encoding.

I'm not interested enough to go thru their procedures to view my order
just to identify what they should fix (e.g., what the purported encoding
of the page is), when it is apparent that they need to fix something -
ISO-8859-15 is symptomatic enough.

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Blame Canada !

Jukka K. Korpela ("Yucca")

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