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Global UTF-encoding, the right way

I'm curious, as to what is the right way to have UTF-8 encoding on all web files All my files (incl. CSS and JS) are made and saved in UTF-8 encoding In PHP, I set the char-set on top of the main ...
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advantages and disadvantages of base64 image strings

I discovered that you can covert images into base64 strings and use those string within img tags and css like this: <img alt="" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAhEUgAAA ... FTkSuQmCC" /> ...
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Encoding fails whatever I try

I am trying to set my site's encoding to UTF-8 but I fail. Environment: Ubuntu Desktop 13.04, Apache 2.2, PHP+FPM. Added a .htacces: AddDefaultCharset UTF-8 Meta: file -bi * output: ...
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How UTF-8 represents more than 256 characters and when to use UTF-16?

We all know what character encoding is. Like the simple ASCII 7 bit used for normal 128 characters representing and UTF-8 for representing 256 characters. I have 2 questions: Some people saying ...
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How to tell the Browser the character encoding of a HTML website regardless of Server Content-Type Header?

I have a HTML page that correctly (the encoding of the physical on disk matches it) announces it's Content-Type: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> ...
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What encoding do most users prefer to have?

Is there any site, chart, or raw data that shows how much of user have used Unicode (UTF-8) or Western (ISO-8859-1) or Chinese and so. Or provide rough data of what is used in major number of sites. ...
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Apache show file index as utf-8

I'm on a shared hosting which runs Apache on a Windows server. I am running Linux and I have uploaded some files that should be accessible directly via a public URL (that is known only by a few ...
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Default encoding vs. content-type specified encoding

We have a website (www.semanticdesigns.com) that delivers a default encoding of ISO-8859-1. The pages are written in, guess what, ASCII mostly with some ISO-8859-1 characters. We have a few example ...
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PhpMyAdmin - Changing charset

How may I change the database/Tables/Attributes charset using PhpMyAdmin (No SQL statement, only hand-and-mouse actions) ? I only see the option for the Collation (inter-classement).
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CMS text encoding and common browser decoding; recent change?

I'm managing a CMS-based website. The primary language of the CMS is English. Our content is mostly in English, but user postings are sometimes in other languages. The supporting mySQL database of ...
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Should I store address in encrypted form?

What are the general rules relating to address fields and others. I only store password in encrypted form, the rest are not. Email is also used during login. Can someone give me a suggestion related ...
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Character set not specified in HTTP headers error

When testing this page with Page Speed, I get the a Specify a character set error: The following resources have no character set specified in their HTTP headers. Specifying a character set in HTTP ...
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Word docs opened/downloaded via IE cannot determine correct encoding when they contain embedd images

This problem only rears its ugly head when opening/receiving using a version of Internet Explorer. Firefox, Safari and Chrome all work perfectly. When a Word doc that contains embedded graphics (like ...
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Is using HTML entities (for language-specific characters) in UTF-8 necessary?

As in the subject-line. Saw the situation the other day on a page which felt weird to me. Except for markup-delimiting characters such as pointy brackets or the ampersand, escaping, say, German ...
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IIS XML encoding seems to be wrong

We are moving our web application from Apache 2.0 to IIS 7. Everyhing is fine with UTF-8 encoding, but just one thing. There's a flash movie in the page that reads an xml content (dynamically ...
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Why use HTML entities instead of just putting Unicode characters in HTML?

Let's say I want to put a non-bland character in an HTML file; for instance, '→'. Is there any reason why I should enter it as '&rarr;' instead of just putting '→' in the HTML file? Assume my HTML ...
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Why would I choose UTF-8 over ISO 8859-1 as the content encoding for my site?

Assume that the site is still in it's design phases so there's no initial work to pick one over the other from the start.
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Proper use of Content-Encoding

I've heard it suggested that using setting a page's Content-Encoding to zip or gzip will drive down load times and reduce bandwidth. Is this worth implementing for the average site or only sites with ...