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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Problem with Special Characters after migrating to Apache 2.0
Date Wed, 28 Apr 2004 16:04:16 GMT

On Wed, 28 Apr 2004, Laurie Harper wrote:

> We just recently migrated a couple hundred customer web sites to a new
> system, moving from Apache 1.x to 2.x. For the most part everything went
> smoothly. However we began to notice that any un-encoded special
> characters that had found their way into the sites through various means
> were suddenly being converted to question marks.
> It was suggested that this was due to Apache 2.x defaulting the
> character set to UTF-8. We changed the directive to read
> AddDefaultCharset Off. However now all the question marks are now the Â
> character instead, so obviously this is not the difference between 1.x
> and 2.x that is causing the issue.
> As an FYI, we initially thought this might be a PHP processing issue, or
> a MySQL conversion issue. But we were able to duplicate this on a simple
> static html page, so it has to be Apache. Any ideas would be greatly
> appreciated.

There is no need to guess about these things.  Simply look at the
Content-Type in the HTTP headers that Apache is sending to the client in
both the 1.3 and 2.0 versions.  Find the difference, then use
AddCharset/AddDefaultCharset/etc to correct it.


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