Specifically, based on the request from a user in Germany, I attempted to change the output to encode content as UTF-8 using the new features on Magpie RSS 0.7. However, I have gotten an email and a comment from people with apparently French language sites who claim it has broken their french accents and characters.
However, when I preview the feeds in question from our site using the Build a Feed tool, they look okay.
For one comment to the site, I was suspicious since the URL provided had its own encoding set in the HEAD meta tags as iso-8559-1… does that mean French language sites break under UTF-8?? I am really ignorant of this stuff. But if it breaks more sites than it helps, I will have to revert the encoding to what it was before (Magpie does not allow a per feed encoding setting, it is all or nothing).
What’s a character to do?
Update: Until I can sort this out, I am reverting Feed2JS so it uses default iso-8559-1 encoding. Feeds may need an hour to refresh from our cache.
Another Update: Another attempt. A new paraemter
utf=8 sent to the script on our server, should fork it to a different Magpie for the UTF encoding (see the examples on the Feed2JS log site)