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RE: meta charset really better come before non-ASCII text

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 09:12:07 +0100
To: "'Martin Duerst'" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20050707081207.3EBCB4F115@homer.w3.org>

Hi Martin,

I have the same version of IE as you, but I see the files perfectly ok.  Can
you try again / think of another factor that makes a difference? (eg. your


Richard Ishida

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-i18n-geo-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-i18n-geo-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Martin Duerst
> Sent: 07 July 2005 01:33
> To: public-i18n-geo@w3.org
> Subject: meta charset really better come before non-ASCII text
> We have always told people to put information like <meta 
> http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> 
> as early as possible in the <head> of an HTML document.
> Now I ran into a case where that actually mattered: IE just 
> showed a blank page if a Japanese <title> appeared before the 
> above info.
> This may be specific to some version of IE (I'm using 
> 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_gdr.05031-1519), or some settings, or 
> due to the fact that I did this locally, or it may be more general.
> The files I used are attached; testie3.html displays well, 
> testie4.html shows a blank page.
> This is in no way a criticism of IE, I think IE is perfectly 
> okay in not accepting this file. The main reason I'm writing 
> this is to clearly document this case; a lot of advice we 
> give is sometimes based on second-hand information.
> [if this is common knowledge, I appologize.]
> Btw, if you test this and other things, please be aware of 
> the fact that IE tends to keep information about the encoding 
> of a page; if you really want to make sure IE doesn't keep 
> such information from an earlier test, the best thing is to 
> give the file a new name by copying it.
> Regards,    Martin. 
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