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How to replace non-ascii characters with HTML entities?

I’m currently working on an international project and need to format documents written in German, Polish and Croatian for use on the web. What is the quickest way to convert all the non-ASCII characters into the relevant character entity? Some sort of web form would be my ideal solution, but I’d settle for a freeware program.
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

How to copy/paste Cyrillic characters from PDF?

For years, I've accepted as fact that Russian-language PDFs don't play nice with other programs. That if you tried to paste copied text into Word or Notepad, you'd get gibberish characters. (I work on two laptops, one with Windows Vista and Acrobat, the other Windows 7 and Reader.) Are there any clever workarounds or programs I should know about? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Jan 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Correlating names between two spreadsheets

I need to correlate two spreadsheets which relate to the same group of people. The name data is messy, however, and I'm having a hard time matching the names. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

How to fix lowercase to small caps/conversion issues in Microsoft Word 2007 for certain unicode characters with diacritics?

I have a text (MS Word 2007) that cites Vietnamese authors whose names are written in latin script with diacritics, stored in Zotero in lowercase (with the initial in uppercase). When using a citation style (for footnotes and bibliography) with small caps/uppercase for the names, Word keeps some characters in lowercase: "Dương Thiệu Tống" shows up as "DƯƠNG THIệU TốNG" instead of "DƯƠNG THIỆU TỐNG". How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Dec 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Standard web fonts with the best unicode support?

Which standard web/mobile fonts have the best support for unusual Unicode characters? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Nov 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Right Arrow Woes

In a Word document, I'm trying to get a simple right arrow symbol in Times New Roman. However, pasting it in from the Character Viewer inserts it as Arial Italic. Changing it back to Times in Word has no effect - it goes back to Arial immediately. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Jul 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me decode Unicode

What languages use a U with a ring on it (U+016E), and how is it pronounced? What is an "incomplete infinity" (U+29DC), and why does it need a symbol? Who uses a times sign in two circles (U+2A37), and for what? And why is a small capital psi (U+1D2A) in the Phonetic Extensions block? How do I find the answer to things like this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Jan 29, 2012 - 9 answers

All my Big Bang songs look the same!

How do I get Windows 7 to display Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on a non-administrator account? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Nov 10, 2011 - 1 answer

How to deal with Chinese in a Perl program on a mac

Working with Chinese and English text, in a Perl programme, on a Mac. I feel like an idiot. [more inside]
posted by stonepharisee on Oct 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Number of Google hits

I have a column of words in an excel file. I want to get the number of google results for each phrase in my file. Is there a simple way to do this? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros on Sep 15, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I register a unicode domain?

I would like to register some .com or .org domains with non-ascii unicode characters in the domain names. Can I do this as a US citizen? What registrar should I use? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 3, 2011 - 4 answers

mandarin-english dictionary with unicode

Looking for chinese english dictionary with unicode code points [more inside]
posted by lahersedor on Apr 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Please help me with this encoding issue!

Please help me with this encoding issue! Fun with Python, Unicode, Excel, and the IPA. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Apr 2, 2011 - 13 answers

How to view Telugu script in Firefox?

How do I view Telugu in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 answers

[hɛlp mi si junikod ɪn maɪ deɪtəbeɪs, ɔr maɪ dætəbeɪs ivɛn]

I'm using Navicat Lite to connect to my Oracle research database (Mac OSX). Much of my data is in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). These are unicode symbols. Is there a way to display the IPA/Unicode in Navicat? Or some other GUI? Or is there some addon/code/plugin/whatever that will show me the symbols? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Please help me solve a maddening problem with Doulos and IPA

Desperate IPA situation! I've opened up an old Word doc that was created using SIL Doulos or SIL IPA93 fonts. These are now defunct. I currently use Doulos SIL and Charis (both unicode, hooray!). The document is substituting certain alphabet characters for much needed IPA symbols. I need to know what those masquerading alphabet characters used to be in IPA. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

ANSI to get this Unicode converted to ANSI

Normally when I would convert a Unicode file to ANSI, I just bust open Notepad++ and use it's handy-dandy Convert option, but now I've got some MASSIVE text files that can't be opened by Notepad++! [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Dec 31, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me see unicode fonts

Help me see unicode fonts on my browser (Firefox 3.6.10). Yes, I've seen this and this, but they don't help me. I need step by step instructions for idiots. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Sep 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Typing Ancient Greek without pain.

I am really tired of using using Unicode or the Microsoft Word symbol function to type in Greek, and learning the polytonic keyboard is giving me spasms. Does anyone know of a good WYSIWYG editor for Ancient Greek that includes macrons, breathing, iota subscript and accent? Something similar to this, but for Greek, would be perfect.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Multilingual font translation issues

Multilingual (non-)Unicode translation issues inside, from someone who doesn't know nearly as much about Unicode as she should. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Jul 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Can't Display Unicode #0CAO -- Part of Emoticon Meme and Thus *Everywhere* -- in Mac Firefox. Help?

I can't get Unicode character 0CAO -- which is a part of a popular emoticon-based meme -- to correctly display in Firefox, despite, as far as I can tell, having the necessary fonts installed on the system. A picture speaks a thousand words, so: These are my Firefox font settings. This is how this page looks in Firefox. This is how it looks in Safari. This page suggested I needed Arial Unicode MS (which appears to already be part of the Mac OS X operating system?). I also installed a Kannada font from here. No go. Any ideas? It's not so much that I really love the meme; moreso that I really detest seeing those Unicode boxes pop up everywhere on God's green Earth when the character fails to display in Firefox.
posted by WCityMike on Jun 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Software for Unicode entry via keyboard shortcuts?

Are there any free windows programs for entering Unicode characters via customizable keyboard shortcuts? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Apr 7, 2010 - 2 answers

ターンバック: "I think that says keep going, but who can tell with those crazy boxes?"

How do you avoid the "undisplayable character boxes" you see when encountering a new or unknown language script? [more inside]
posted by bouchacha on Feb 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for Outlook setting.

Is there an Outlook setting to tell it to substitute a glyph from an alternate font if the current display font doesn't have a glyph for a particular character? [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Nov 17, 2009 - 0 answers

Pimp my browser.

I'm trying to get extensions to work with the chrome beta browser. My first candidate is AdBlock and I looked here. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Fixed-width Arabic fonts.

There are a couple fixed-width Unicode Arabic fonts out there. The ones I've seen are pretty hard on the eyes, though, especially at small sizes. Any suggestions for a really readable one? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Mar 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Pokemon font?

Is there a dingbats font that uses Pokemon as characters or can this be done with Unicode? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Jan 31, 2009 - 3 answers

Deeply anal-retentive font geek question about IPA fonts.

Roman IPA fonts and the non-roman characters who love them. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Dec 18, 2008 - 2 answers

Unicode replacement characters

Is there a name for the domino like box characters with 4 characters inside that display when you don't have support for a language script? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Sep 1, 2008 - 7 answers

How serious are intersecting coordinates in a font?

How serious are intersecting coordinates in a font? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Aug 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Conditional search engine selection in Firefox?

Conditional search engine selection in Firefox search box based on contents (in particular, character set) of the search query? [more inside]
posted by qvtqht on Aug 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Why does Firefox hate hearts?

Firefox refuses to show the heart symbol (♥) correctly. It shows up as a straight, vertical line instead. Is there anything I can do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw on May 13, 2008 - 17 answers

How do you deal with Chinese characters that can't be represented in 16 bits?

How are people dealing with >16 bit Unicode code points? Specifically, in languages like Java, C# and C++, which assume 16 bit characters (I believe), how are you supporting GB 18030? I would suspect that the various languages' methods like substring(), charAt(), operator[], etc can't be safely used in China. If your wstring, say, contains a Chinese string, then .size() doesn't tell you how many characters are in it, right? On a related note, what interesting Chinese characters require more than >16 bits? I'm thinking about making a short presentation for my co-workers on this subject and I'd like to have some interesting examples. (Oh, and I'm going to run any examples by my Chinese colleagues first, so don't bother trying to make me say "penis" or something in front of my co-workers :-))
posted by bonecrusher on Apr 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Captcha? Каптча? カプチャ?

Is using a Latin-alphabet captcha accessible across languages/character sets? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 8, 2008 - 6 answers

We are not the masters of subtitling yet

I (well, my boss) am/is inputting Chinese-language sub-station Alpha subtitles into VirtualDub for DVD's, and what comes out are, surprise surprise, piles of unicode. The citizens of the PRC are not known to be fluent in unicode, so what could be going wrong and how do I, his designated software monkey, fix it? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 16, 2007 - 13 answers

How to make MD5, Java and Unicode play nicely

How do I make MD5, Java and Unicode play nicely together? [more inside]
posted by idb on Dec 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Is there any way to surf Japanese web pages on a US cell phone?

I have a US cell phone (LG Muziq, Sprint is the provider). I would REALLY like to be able to read Japanese web pages on it, but whenever I surf to a page with Japanese text it just shows up as garbage. I've installed Opera Mini on my phone, but that didn't help, even though the demo on their website does show Japanese characters. Is there any way to get this to work? I don't need to be able to type in Japanese, or send Japanese text messages. I just want to be able to read Japanese web pages. If I can't do this on the phone directly, then maybe there's another website I could visit that would convert the Japanese text to images?
posted by Vorteks on Nov 29, 2007 - 4 answers

Ask METARfilter: text weather to twitter?

I'm looking for sources of weather data (current conditions, forecasts) that are in text formats so that I can turn them into a Twitter weather bot. What I have in mind is either existing ASCII products (METAR, AVN MOS) or derivatives of image products that (e.g. a compact text encoding of a radar map through some kind of image analysis). Ideas welcomed. [more inside]
posted by edwardvielmetti on Oct 30, 2007 - 5 answers

Desperately seeking insular G!

How do I upgrade unicode? [more inside]
posted by quercus on Aug 22, 2007 - 9 answers

Unicode, Shunicode

Fonts Filter: In MS Word 2002, I'm trying to type a "combining diaresis" (umlaut applied to the preceding character). Sometimes it actually works; sometimes i get a square box. I have no idea why it works when it does, or why it doesnt work when it doesnt. [more inside]
posted by jak68 on May 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Unicode Conversion Formatting Issue

Unicode Filter: Converting an Office 98 document to Unicode has caused formatting problems. [more inside]
posted by AArtaud on Feb 22, 2007 - 4 answers

how to make a "registered" symbol in unicode?

how to make a "registered" (r-in-circle) symbol to go in a text file to appear in Flash [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Will an ipod display international characters?

How does the new gen ipod handle international characters in ID3 tags of an mp3 file? [more inside]
posted by the cydonian on Oct 19, 2006 - 5 answers

PostScript + Unicode

Can I use Unicode characters in PostScript strings? [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Aug 31, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I preserve Unicode characters in `mysqdump`?

How can I make backups of a MySQL database (via mysqldump) and preserve Unicode characters (such as em dashes)? [more inside]
posted by cmyers on Aug 28, 2006 - 8 answers

Mysterious characters in addresses

Help me figure out these weird Spanish, Danish, and Portugese characters in an address given to me via the Internet. I don't think what I see is what is meant. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on May 30, 2006 - 9 answers

Modifying php-based web calendar to allow UTF-8 (Japanese) input

Probably easy question about PHP and unicode (UTF-8) and RegEx. I'm trying to modify a php webcalendar (VTcalendar) to allow Japanese text in calendar postings. I've found all the variables to get the UTF-8 headers, and so japanese text manually inserted into pages appears fine. But, there's an input validation thingy I don't know how to modify. (short snippet inside) [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Mar 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Special characters in Quark

Font recommendation to solve a MS Word --> QuarkXPress issue? [more inside]
posted by omair on Feb 25, 2006 - 4 answers

Combining Unicode Characters

Unicode Filter - How do I go about combining diacritics in Unicode with pre-existing letters? I'm baffled. Win XP, using Word. I'm clueless, and I'm working with a deader than the proverbial doornail language (Hint - Middle Eastern Iranian language family).
posted by AArtaud on Feb 13, 2006 - 5 answers

אַ סך שריפֿטן איך בעט אײַך

(Free) Unicode-compatible Hebrew modern handwriting fonts [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho on Jan 11, 2006 - 3 answers

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