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Huge Special Characters problem

  • I have a problem regarding special characters that are appearing messed up on the front-end . mainly the get converted to question marks, or something like �?)

    Example – Frédèric becomes Fr�d�ric.

    some facts that made me puzzled:

    • This WP install is on LOCAL machine, and shares the server with at
      least 40 other installs – none of which have this problem.
    • This WP install shares also the same DB as the others .
    • My wp-config file has the collate and charset defined.
    • The DB seems fine , because when I am viewing the post in the EDITOR (back end) – all is correct , the problem is only on the FRONT end .
    • The DB seems fine (2) , opening the post in phpMyAdmin and checking the direct value – all characters are fine .
    • This problem is NOT a browser/os encoding , it was checked in 4
      different machines, 3 OS, and 9 browsers..

    I have tried all the solutions which I know from past experience, which include :

    • checking the wp-config (it is ok, utf-8 defined, collate ok)
    • Checking the DB – all UTF-8
    • checking my header (<?php bloginfo('charset'); ?>) – that renders correctly as utf-8 with valid markup.
    • Open all theme files in my editor, convert encoding to UTF-8 without bom and save.

    Did i missed something ? Any Ideas ??

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