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# 22  
Old 04-28-2020
Here ya go.....

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This is an encoding issue with an old post in the PHP vB3 app.

The encoding of the title DB field from years ago is not specified because the designers of vB 15+ years ago did not think people would post such non-standard chars in titles of posts.

It is correct in discourse, in this case, and wrong in vB3, which is very interesting.

find . -name “*.*” | xargs grep "help" - UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers - UNIX.COM Community

Isn't that how you see it?

It looks flawless in the new post in my browser.
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# 23  
Old 04-28-2020
Yes, I see it correctly on the new site but I see replacement character symbol instead of the double quote marks on the old site.

What title do you see on the old site?
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# 24  
Old 04-28-2020
OBTW, if I add this to the showthread PHP script:

$thread['title'] = utf8_encode($thread['title']);

(which I just did for fun to the old forum).

The issue is the same.

I think it is an HTML encoding issue in the vB app. If you look at the source code of the page in old forum:

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So, there is some underlying issue with vBulletin3 which is on reason we are migrating, to get away from this way past EOL forum software.

If I add this to the showthread script in old forum:

header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8');

This does not help on old forums either:

header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-16');

The issue is the same because of some coding mismatch with the same "non-standard" mojibake.

Mojibake - Wikipedia

Dennis, are you getting bored with this mojibake stuff yet?

Actually, I'm feeling very good the only issues you are finding out outlier encoding issues which are broken in the old, legacy, obsolete, long EOL, forum, at this point.
# 25  
Old 04-28-2020
Originally Posted by hicksd8
Yes, I see it correctly on the new site but I see replacement character symbol instead of the double quote marks on the old site.

What title do you see on the old site?
Old site title is broken.... due to encoding issue:

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New site, title is looking good:

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If we edit the title on the old site and replace the mojibake with regular double quotes, all will be OK.

But honestly, I would not worry about it; but of course we can if we want. It's been like this for nearly a decade and no one said anything about it before Smilie
# 26  
Old 04-28-2020
Yes, I'm getting bored with this.

What you are saying is that when I see

on the old forum, there is nevertheless, something wrong with, say, the second quote mark which after migration becomes

If so, then what is wrong with the second quote mark (Unicode value) in the old site???

I just don't understand how it can be that wrong and still display perfectly on my screen (unless it's 8bit value vs 7bit value or some such).

Otherwise, if it displays perfect then it should migrate perfect. Yes?
# 27  
Old 04-28-2020
If so, then what is wrong with the second quote mark (Unicode value) in the old site???

Those quote marks are in an encoding not processed by the PHP / HTML as proper "UTF-8" in this legacy vBulletin LAMP application, and so it replaces it with the "WTF?" mojibake symbol.

When you look on the old site, you are seeing encoding processed by PHP based on the legacy PHP encoding to HTML.

The new site does this totally different, that is why it displays properly over there in communityville.

If you edit the old title and replace those oddly-encoded chars with the same quotes as on your keyboard the encoding will change, all will be great again and the world will be as one Smilie
# 28  
Old 04-28-2020
I just edited the old title.... using the double quotes on my key board.

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This is more-than-likely not about 7 / 8 bit ASCII, it is more-than-likely about UTF-8 and UTF-16.

See also: What is the difference between UTF-8 and UTF-16? - Quora

See also: Comparison of Unicode encodings - Wikipedia
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