Gibberish in Ubuntu when dealing with documents / websites

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Wed Dec 3 23:34:36 UTC 2008

2008/11/28 Christopher Chan <christopher.chan at>:
>> I am aware of this problem for Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic users (that
>> is why I have added those characters to my .sig). I want to know what
>> other locales have the issue. For me and other Hebrew uses the issue
>> is solved due to the Gibberish translation tool I have written. But I
>> would like to expand the tool for all Ubuntu users, not just Hebrew.
>> That is why I ask who else is affected.
> I can tell you that Traditional Chinese versions of Windows use BIG5
> encoding and Simplified Chinese versions of Windows use yet another
> encoding, GB2312.
> I dont know what you are doing on the documents side but the problem
> with websites is that sometimes the encoding used is not set on the
> pages and so they show up as gibberish. Otherwise, Firefox would display
> the stuff properly.

The problem with documents is that often MS Office does not write in
the file which codepage should be used. Also, email is a big problem.

Dotan Cohen


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