&ouml Is HTML For “Barf”

Isarian sends in a case of encoding flagrante dilecto:

You think that's bad, you try a macron.
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Take it from one who’s worked on any number of brands with cockamamie weird foreign characters in brand names (and I mean worse than the random British u or c instead of s): Those things are poison.  Fortunately, the name of the Web site isn’t Schrödinger’s Cat, otherwise you’d see exactly how many ways they could get it wrong.

ThinkGeek, apparently, is a site staffed for geeks, by geeks, so someone told them about the problem and they fixed it.

Well, except for the title text:

They missed a spot
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For the record, here are some of the places to check for crazy encoded characters:

  • Page titles.
  • Alt text.
  • Title text, both on images and links.
  • Page text.
  • Meta tags.
  • Images with the word.

Note on the page in question, the ampersand in the encoding has been encoded itself.  Haven’t we seen that before?  Oh, yes, we have.

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