Foreign Characters not Dsiplaying in Web Form

Hello All,

Hoping someone can help.  I have a web form with a textbox that is being populated from an nvarchar output parameter in SQL Server.  The foreign characters show up fine in the db table and in the results of the stored procedure but some of the characters with special accent marks show up as boxes.

I've been searching for a solution for a while and have tried several suggestions including putting the following in the web.config file.

 <globalization fileEncoding="utf-8" requestEncoding="utf-8" responseEncoding="utf-8" culture="en-US" uiCulture="en-US"/>

I've also tried including  CodePage=65001 in the header of the form as below but nothing works.

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodePage=65001 CodeFile="WordSwap.aspx.vb" Inherits="WordSwap"%>

Can someone steer me in the right direction?






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what are the ascii codes for the characters that wont appear?

loop through them in the db if you have too. 


4/16/2007 11:43:14 PM

I don't know the Ascii codes for them but they are in the Greek Extended section of the UTF-16 encoding.  They are related to the Greek Polytonic characters with diacritical marks.  The characters show up correctly in the database and in several word editing and processing programs like Word and BablePad but if I try to paste them into Google in IE6 they show up as square boxes.  It seems like it's maybe a browser setting issue but I can't find a setting that seems like it would make a difference.

Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

4/18/2007 9:17:57 PM

For the benefit of others who may encounter this problem, here is the answer.  I discovered it through a helpful website   The problem is that only a select set of fonts support certain Polytonic Greek characters, those with diacritic marks.  One of the fonts available to windows users is Arial Unicode MS.  All I needed to do is change the font type of the TextBox in my web form to that above and the characters display fine.  A list of additional fonts that support Polytonic are listed in a linked page to the one above at

Hope this might be helpful to someone else.

4/23/2007 3:33:51 PM

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