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  • When I copy and past from Microsoft word into a new post in WordPress, it changes curly quotes to question marks when I save it. So “Test” with curly quotes gets changed to ??est when I hit save draft.

    I tried changing these settings in wp-config. They are currently commented out.

    define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);
    define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

    When I put them back in, it still messes up the characters, but differently. “Test” with curly quotes gets changed to ÅÕest.

    I’ve tried removing utf8 and tried some plugins like “full-utf-8”, but that doesn’t seem to help.

    Also, my bbpress doesn’t allow me to save entries with curly qoutes. It just gets saved as a blank post.

    Does this mean it’s my database version that’s causing a problem?



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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Don’t paste content from Microsoft Word into WordPress as the pasted text will also contain Word’s own formatting. Sooner or later, this formatting will stop your pages from being displayed correctly (if at all) in Internet Explorer. If you cannot possibly manage without Word, paste your text into NotePad (or another text editor) first, then copy from NotePad into WordPress.

    Or use Windows LiveWriter.

    This is definitely an issue with character encoding in your database. I’ve never had the issue myself, but here’s an article with some tips on how to fix it. I haven’t tried any of them but hopefully it helps you out.

    The same thing happens if I paste from word into notepad and then paste into a post.


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