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Posted on What's with all the ////// \\\\\\\ slashes?

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 04:54 PM

There are two typical reasons for this if it wasn’t intentional buy the author.

First (and most common), is when someone types their message in something like Microsoft Word and they are using a strange font, then they copy and paste the message to a forum. If that font is not installed on the computer you are using the Web browser makes a guess on how to render the characters. Alpha Numeric characters are pretty straight forward it is the special characters the browsers have problems with.

(It could also be a case where the font isn’t installed on the web server hosting the forum – then it is totally out of anyone’s control.)

In Mozilla’s Firefox you can look at your font settings under:
Tools > Options > Content > “Fonts & Colors” > Advanced

In Internet Explorer you can set your security setting (at your own risk) to try and download the fonts:
Tools > Security tab > Select Internet > Custom level button > scroll down and enable “Font Download” > click ‘ok’

The second cause is the message was typed on a non western English keyboard.

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