When a pages is saved, Firefox changes all   to "Â" followed by a space.




14 years ago
12 years ago


(Reporter: HPD, Assigned: Blake Ross)


Firefox Tracking Flags

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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win95; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040210 Firefox/0.8
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win95; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040210 Firefox/0.8

When certain web pages are saved locally as type "Web Page, complete," Firefox
changes all   to "Â" followed by a space (xC2 xA0).
For example,
<b><font color=black>8:30 AM&nbsp;</font></b>
<b><font color="black">8:30 AMÂ </font></b>

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go to http://www.mychurchevents.com/calendar/calendar.aspx?ci=L6J4J4I3F0K5I3G1
2. Save the page as type "Web Page, complete."
3. Load the saved page

Actual Results:  
8:30 AMÂ 
10:00 AMÂ 

Example from a drop down list:

Expected Results:  
8:30 AM&nbsp;
10:00 AM&nbsp;

Example from a drop down list:
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Facilities Use

The page is saved correctly when the "Save as type:" is "Web Page, HTML only".

This bug was reproduced by another person using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows
NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040715 Firefox/0.9.1+

Comment 1

14 years ago
*** Bug 253206 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2

14 years ago
Also tags such as

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

get the /-character stripped off.

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

which causes problems with validators.

Comment 3

13 years ago
The test URL has HTTP header "Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8".
In UTF-8, non-breaking space has the reported encoding: xC2 xA0.
In iso-8859-1, that encoding means "Â" + non-breaking space - almost as

I expect the reporter has iso-8859-1 or a superset like Windows-1252 as
Edit/Preferences/General/Languages/Default Character Encoding. Inserting
<meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
in the saved file merely confirms that.  To display the saved file
correctly, insert charset=UTF-8, modify the browser's default character
encoding, or try an extension like the Right Encoding extension.

I can't test this on Windows and the test URL has changed anyway, but:

Reporter, did yo really mean Firefox changed the HTML sequence "&nbsp;"
to its UTF-8 equivalent?  That sounds buggy.  I note that the current
version of the test page contains several "&nbsp;" but no raw UTF-8
non-breaking spaces.

If you really meant meant "non-breaking space" when you said "&nbsp;",
and the non-breaking spaces were represented as UTF-8 byte sequences
already, then Firefox didn't change the saved page - it just didn't know
which character encoding to use when you loaded the saved file, since
files have no Content-Type: headers.

I don't know if Windows files can be marked with their character
encoding in some other way, without changing the file contents.

Firefox could modify the file contents and insert a http-equiv
statement.  I really hate it when IE changes files I download in similar
ways without asking me, though.  Maybe such changes should be an option.
However, maybe that lives in a different bugzilla report.

Comment 4

13 years ago
I found a similar problem with &ndash;.

View URI:

This looks fine when viewed online, but when saved as a webg page, and then
re-examined from the local copy, occurrences of &ndash; have been replaced by
three wierd characters (?replaced by UTF-8 equivalent - just a wild guess?). 
E.g. see headings for sections 5.4 and 6.

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