[ALUG] Why does Firefox always use UTF-8 for this page?

Chris G cl at isbd.net
Tue Oct 9 14:43:56 BST 2007

I have a web page which has a couple of special characters which are
ISO-8859-1 encoded, 'View Source' shows that the header is as

   <title>Chris Info</title> <link rel="stylesheet"
   href="http://home.isbd.net/css/infowiki.css" type="text/css">
   <link rel="alternate" type="application/xml" title="RSS"
   href="/blog/rss2.xml"> <link rel="top" href="/"
   title="pyblosxom.sourceforge.net"> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type"
   content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

... but when started up Firefox always sets the character encoding
to "Unicode (UTF-8)" by default and to see the characters correctly
I have to manually switch it to "Western (ISO-8859-1)".

Is Firefox subtly trying to push me in the 'right' direction or, more
realistically, what am I doing wrong?  I have tried setting things to
default to ISO-8859-1 in Firefox but I don't seem to be getting

Chris Green

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