Hi @sandokandrea ,
Recent versions of RWML do not change character encoding. I’ve not seen anything in legacy versions of the RWML stack to suggest that these changed character encoding either. So I’m not sure that’s the problem here.
Most of the time, you never need to change the encoding of your website away from UTF-8. It’s one of those settings you should not meddle with unless you are absolutely certain you know what you are doing! Only if you were putting together a very specialist website, would you consider carefully changing encoding away from UTF-8, to something else.
Most tutorials that teach you how to hand-code websites always say to use UTF-8. That seems to be the predominant character encoding used for most websites.
I would suggest that you go back to your RapidWeaver site settings and change the page encoding back to UTF-8. Republish the website, clear your cache, and see if things look any better. When you look at the page source code, you will be able to see the character encoding declaration set at the top, in the head section.
Instead of saying this:
<meta charset="ISO-8859-1" />
It should say:
<meta charset="UTF-8" />
I fail to understand the comment about asking website users to change the encoding in their web browsers. The fault appears to be with the website, not the web browser a person is using!
Please don’t traumatise your website users into trying to change complicated settings that are of no relevance to them or bombard them with technical jargon. People hate it, and nine times out of ten, they’ll just click away to another website…
To my knowledge, themes do not set character encoding. This is not something I do in any of my own RapidWeaver themes. It’s RapidWeaver that does this, based on what you’ve configured the character encoding as in your site settings.
I don’t have RapidWeaver in front of me currently, but it is in General Settings or the first tab of the Page Inspector? Someone else on here might be able to confirm where you can put your website back to UTF-8.
RWML v1 is no longer actively developed or supported. In the fullness of time, you may wish to consider upgrading to RWML v2, which has been available for a couple of years.