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Question Marks in Posts... Yet Again (4 posts)

  1. benzilla
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    There are half a dozen or so topics on the UTF-8 database issue with upgraded installations of WP where characters like quotation marks, double spaces, etc. will now show up as question marks... but none of these contain any solution for the issue that seems to work.

    Does anyone have a definitive solution for this?

  2. SimonJ
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Not a definitive solution, but one question :

    Do you mean you upgraded WordPress and the posts you wrote before the upgrade show now some "?" intead of spaces, quotation marks and international characters?

    1- What version did you upgrade from ?

    2- If you look at your html source, what do you see in the meta values of the header ?

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"/>

    I personally run about 12 installation of wordpress, all in french, I upgraded every installation many times and I can't reproduce this problem.

    S.

  3. benzilla
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Simon - Thanks for the input. Regarding your questions:

    1- What version did you upgrade from

    I've been regularly upgrading as each new release is out. But, this seems to be a known issue that folks are experiencing when upgrading from whatever to 2.2

    2- If you look at your html source, what do you see in the meta values of the header ?

    Yes, my content meta tags are fine, and exactly as you pasted above. This seems to be a known issue that has to do with a switch in 2.2 in the way WP handles the MySQL database character set preferences. You can Google up a fair amount of info about this, but no real definitive fix. (See also the forum posts linked to in my initial post.)

    For this "in action," here's a pre-2.2 post, now displaying in WP 2.3.3:

    http://www.benzilla.com/?p=828

    In this case, double spaces and hyphens are appearing as question marks, but in some cases quotation marks, special characters, and other things are affected.

  4. benzilla
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    There's an entry on this problem in the codex here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Converting_Database_Character_Sets

    Unfortunately, of the items in the "Conversion Scripts and Plugins" section, the former is a link to a now-404 page, and the latter plugin fails on WP 2.3.3. (It truncates all the old posts to about 60 characters.)

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