Globalization & Localization Issues in ASP.NET

I was looking form some information about Sql Server Globalization and Localization techniques and came across this article which has a nice little tidbit of information which I was not aware of: This has cleared it up.

Codepage conversion issues

When a character is replaced by a question mark (?) character, this is an indication that a codepage conversion issue, has occurred. The question mark (?) is a default character for the codepage conversion and basically means that the operating system does not know how to handle the character value and convert it. It replaces the character value with a question mark (?). This could mean that the character has an invalid value for the codepage or that the codepage that is needed for the conversion is not installed.

Font conversion issues

When a character is replaced by a box, this is an indication that a font conversion issue has occurred. This occurs on the client side when the client does not have the correct font installed to display this character correctly. For example, when a character is from the Japanese charset, and the client does not have the Japanese fonts installed, the Japanese character is displayed as a box.

Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893663

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