Page opened from NY Times email uses incorrect charset



16 years ago
14 years ago


(Reporter: nick, Assigned: sspitzer)


Windows 2000

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(2 attachments)



16 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.2) Gecko/20021126
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.2) Gecko/20021126

I receive the NY Times headlines via email each day.  It comes in HTML format,
with links to the articles from the headlines.  If I click on a headline, the
article opens in a new browser window, but the character encoding is set to
Unicode, even though it's set to ISO-8859-1 (Western) in the page.  This doesn't
happen if I go to the page manually, only when I click on a link from the email.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open NY Times email
2. Click on a link to an article

Actual Results:  
Article opens with Unicode as the charset

Expected Results:  
Article opens with ISO-8859-1 as the charset

Comment 1

16 years ago
Created attachment 107606 [details]
Example email message
-> Mailnews (or INT ?)
Assignee: asa → sspitzer
Component: Browser-General → Mail Window Front End
Product: Browser → MailNews
QA Contact: asa → olgam
Version: Trunk → other


16 years ago
QA Contact: olgam → laurel

Comment 3

16 years ago
I mentioned above that the charset was specified in the page we're opening up. 
I'm not sure if it's *correctly* specified though.  The NYTimes specifies it as

<meta http-equiv="charset" content="iso-8859-1">

instead of the more conventional

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">

Also, this is appearing from more than just the NYTimes email that I first
mentioned.  I see it frequently when opening pages linked from other email &
news messages, and it only seems to happen when the charset is not defined (or
possibly defined incorrectly as I just said).

Comment 4

16 years ago
Here's a direct link that shows the error right in the browser:

The page info dialog shows encoding as UTF 8, but the list of meta tags shows a
charset entry specifying iso-8859-1. The article displays correct when accessed
via a link on the front page.

Comment 5

16 years ago
Created attachment 116691 [details]
Page info dialog

Comment 6

16 years ago
There are a handful of NYT bugs, but the closest I could find to a dupe of this 
was bug 128640.  However, the NYT seems to have fixed its header problem; all 
the pages I've downloaded from it are detected as ISO-8859-1, and include the 
proper header:
  <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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