MS-Word Copy-Pasters (4 posts)

  1. robvdl
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I have setup WordPress blogs for a few people now and am hitting a common problem in that a lot of people copy content from MS-Word straight into WordPress.

    The problem is that Word has already converted many ' into ’ and " " into “ �. This makes the page not validate as it's not in the UTF-8 characterset anymore.

    It is fine if you enter the ' and " characters into WordPress and allow WordPress to convert them to #8217; ... etc. But if you paste from Word, you hit this problem. Sometimes you even get a little question mark character show in the blog when using FireFox, for where this non UTF-8 character is supposed to be.

    Maybe, would it be possible... if there are higher level (non UTF-8) characers in your post, to convert them straight to things like #8217; #8220; #8221; to keep it valid.

  2. NuclearMoose
    Posted 11 years ago #

    See also http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=21770 where I unsuccessfully tried to use a bit of levity to illustrate the point you just made, robvdl.

  3. James Huff
    Support Team Rep.
    Posted 11 years ago #

    A good list of Plain-Text editors for all platforms: http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary#Text_editor

  4. RustIndy
    Posted 11 years ago #

    If people want to use some other program to post into WordPress (or any blog, for that matter), all they need is Notepad (or VI for those *nix users).

    Course if it's spell-checking they need, that might require a plugin or hack. Or a text editor that has a spell-checker...

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