Windows 10: Strange characters Solved

  1.    31 Jan 2018 #1

    Strange characters


    I see this quite often where strange characters replace, say an apostrophe. Here's an example taken from my Google calendar event: I had typed "Schnoodle's" in the event title. When I go to view it later here's what I see; well it wouldn't post the paste so will have to type it in: Here is what I tried to paste: "Schnoodle's"noodle's

    TIA, Allan Schnoodle's
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       31 Jan 2018 #2

    Nothing strange for what you are seeing. It is just giving you the html output.
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  3.    31 Jan 2018 #3

    Hey AllanP,
    I can't answer as to why your Google Calendar is doing that, but special characters like an apostrophe/single quote have a HTML equivalent.

    HTML Codes - Table of ascii characters and symbols
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  4.    31 Jan 2018 #4

    Eagle51 said: View Post
    Hey AllanP,
    I can't answer as to why your Google Calendar is doing that, but special characters like an apostrophe/single quote have a HTML equivalent.

    HTML Codes - Table of ascii characters and symbols
    OK thanks I appreciate your responses; so I'm not to use an apostrophe any more as it will show up as gobbledygook, weird.
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  5.    31 Jan 2018 #5

    OK thanks I appreciate your responses; so I'm not to use an apostrophe any more as it will show up as gobbledygook, weird.
    No, I wouldn't say that. It could have been a glitch in Google Calendar. I just added an event (Eagle51's) and a reminder (Eagle51's) and the title appears as it should .... no html code.

    Note: Even tried Schnoodle's with no problem
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  6.    01 Feb 2018 #6

    Eagle51 said: View Post
    No, I wouldn't say that. It could have been a glitch in Google Calendar. I just added an event (Eagle51's) and a reminder (Eagle51's) and the title appears as it should .... no html code.

    Note: Even tried Schnoodle's with no problem
    OK thanks again. That was just an example as I'd seen it happen in emails also. Anyways at least I know the cause.
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  7.    01 Feb 2018 #7

    It's called a character entity and always starts with an ampersand (&) and ends with a semi-colon [;]. All character entities can use numeric codes (e.g. ∫, to be written as ∫ for the Leibniz style "line integral" symbol), which shows that they also include hashmarks after the ampersand. The European Union's currency, the Euro, has a symbol € that may be referenced as either € or as €. You can find tables of HTML character codes all over the place. I like the chained series of tables from W3Schools.com that start here: HTML Entities myself.
    HTH,
    --Ed--

    PS: Ha! Ha! the forum software is funny about reproducing character entities. Where you see some that reads € you would want to put the ampersand first, then skip "amp;", then continue on with #8364; to reproduce the Euro symbol. I have to laugh that I don't know the escape character here to do it straight-up @Brink: can you enlighten me, please?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       01 Feb 2018 #8

    EdTittel said: View Post
    PS: Ha! Ha! the forum software is funny about reproducing character entities. Where you see some that reads € you would want to put the ampersand first, then skip "amp;", then continue on with #8364; to reproduce the Euro symbol. I have to laugh that I don't know the escape character here to do it straight-up @Brink: can you enlighten me, please?
    Hey Ed,

    I don't know that one, but you can wrap a character with the [noparse]character[/noparse] bb code tags to prevent them from changing like that.
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  •    01 Feb 2018 #9

    Yikes


    Thanks again all. This is all over my 37% geek head.
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