Encoding in LC server - the final piece of the puzzle

Neville Smythe neville.smythe at optusnet.com.au
Fri Sep 15 21:11:32 EDT 2023

With the help of forum readers  I have textEncode/Decode working in LC Server so that I can handle file names with ute-8 encoding and talking to mysql in tongues. 

But now I want to produce html documents including Chinese characters encoded with utf-8, using LC Server to output an .lc file to publish on the web. I had naively thought that putting in the “<meta charset=utf-8 >” header at the top would do it, but no, LC Server apparently serves up html with charset=ISO-8859-1 (the native encoding) declared by default, and that overrides the header in the .lc file. The encoding declared was checked using "Rex Swains HTTP Viewer”. I am reasonably confident the actual content of the file is correct utf-8, since the Chinese glyphs are rendered as garbage ISO-Latin characters not as ????

The next step was adding a line such as

AddCharset UTF-8 .lc

to .htaccess. No help. I note that other web pages on the server are created by WordPress, and they have the charset=utf-8 declared.

I presume I am ignorant of some environment setting which controls what HTTPHeader is declared in the output from LCServer? The obvious choice “the HTTPHeaders” but that is not the answer it seems.

[I know I can get individual unicode characters to render using html escapes such as &x2304; even when the  page is declared with a non-unicode encoding, but that is not a viable solution here.]

Neville Smythe

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