Unicode in URL changes for IE11

I wrote a bit about Internet Explorer’s International Settings back in July of 2012. Internet Explorer 10 and 11 quietly brought some changes: In IE10, the Use UTF-8 for mailto links option was removed. In IE11, the misleadingly-named Send UTF-8 URLs option is renamed to correctly reflect its function (Send URL path as UTF-8) and…

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Brain Dump: International Text

Note: The “brain dump” series is akin to what the support.microsoft.com team calls “Fast Publish” articles—namely, things that are published quickly, without the usual level of polish, triple-checking, etc. I expect that these posts will contain errors, but I also expect them to be mostly correct. I’m writing these up this way now because they’ve…

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IE9 Compatibility: Proper Use of the Charset Token

Recently, during site-compatibility testing of IE9, we encountered a cool online game that does not load properly in Internet Explorer. Using the F12 Developer Tools’ Script debugger, the page immediately hits a script error (“c00ce56e”) while loading: A quick search on this error code turns up a Microsoft KB article  explaining that this error code…

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Downloads and International Filenames

A few times a year, I get a question about Internet Explorer’s behavior when it comes to downloading files that have non-ASCII characters in the filename, because different browsers have different behavior when handling such files. The server can suggest the name for a file download in one of two ways: Explicitly, by including a…

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