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Japanese Characters Not Display in IE6.0

Japanese Characters Not Display in IE6.0

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I have a data source in XML file.  I display data from that XML file on a HTML page.  I used Japascript to call a server-side PHP method to achieve this.  It works fine until it comes into Japanese characters.  When there are Japanese characters, they would not be displayed properly on Internet Explorer by showing something as below:
           Here is å·?å?£ Japanese string
In the HTML page, I added the META within header as:
     <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8">

I coped the Japanese characters from the web page and saved it in a text file in ascii format.  I can see the Japanese characters properly.

I also tried to read and display data on a PHP page.  It works fine too.

My IE works fine if I go to a Japanese web site -- all Japanese characters are displayed correctly.

I don't understand why my IE can go to an outside Japanese site, but can not display Japanese chars from my own server.  By the way, the web server is Apache httpd web server running on Solaris.  The client is Windows XP.

Any idea on this?

Thanks in advance.

RE: Japanese Characters Not Display in IE6.0

You cannot simply add a meta tag with character set definition and hope that does it:
If you set the HTML to UTF-8 (attention: not utf-8, capitalisation is important!), then the HTML file must also be UTF-8 encoded!
You may try two things:
a) Open Word. Go to options->general You could open the HTML in OO writer and then save as "encoded text", encoding UTF-8. Then the characters are also encoded UTF-8.

b) Leave the HTML text encoded as it is, and use a Japanese character instead of UTF-8, e.g.
charset=Shift-JIS
or ISO 2022

Hope that helps.

Cheerio,
Andy

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