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    Question What is this

    I'm reading this article here

    and I saw this dodgy "sign/character" below in my Firefox tab title. When I checked the source I got this



    Does anyone else get that and if so what is it?

    edit: had to include pic because whatever it is vbulletin seems to strip it.
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    In Opera I just see a non-breaking space (larger than a normal space) can't think what it might be but perhaps one of the encoding gurus will know what it is..

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    yes seems like this problems requires some high level geekiness!
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    I have a feeling it's the Unicode code for that character, which is unsupported by the character set the page uses.


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    It's the 'missing glyph' representation for character U+0097, which is not a valid character. But 0x97 (151 in decimal) is the Windows-1252 encoding for U+2014, i.e., the em dash character (—). So it's probably just an author who doesn't understand the concept of character encodings properly and wanted an em dash in his document title.
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    Thanks a lot guys for the answers. They must have forgotten to tell the guy who entered this into their system that the - is not supported by their CMS.
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    yup just a character not supported in the character set being used on the page. Normally happens when someone copy and pastes from MS Word or something like that. Best way to get rid of it is to paste the text into a plain text editor such as Textpad, before pasting into the WYSIWYG editor of your CMS. That's what I'm always telling our clients anyway. But do they listen!?
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