Monday, June 30, 2008

Firefox Rocks!

Some of you know that I’ve been having problems with my Windows Vista PC. Specifically, I could not send messages from my Eurasia Group webmail account (software: Outlook) on the Internet Explorer browser. Firefox did let me send email but transformed all the Japanese language characters into question marks. Well, Firefox 3 is out and, you know what, it works perfectly with my EG webmail.

I’m posting it here, just in case anyone else has had the same problem and hasn't tried Firefox yet.


Gen Kanai said...

Jun, glad to hear that you're enjoying the new Firefox 3 (I work for Mozilla.)

Just to clarify a comment that you mentioned, web browsers do not do anything but display the characters on web pages. If you had problems with mojibake on your webmail, it is due to a setting on your webmail server or a setting on the web page displaying that email, not anything to do with Firefox (or any browser for that matter.)

Younghusband said...

Yep, sounds like a charset problem. Try adjusting the charset settings in the Encoding menu of your browser. UTF-8 is the best if you are using multiple languages, but it depends on what your server is set to.

Jun Okumura said...

Thanks, guys. My computer literacy is mostly at the WYSIWYG level, so any advice is welcome.

Gen, since you’re working for Mozilla…

Firefox 3 crashes quite frequently on my Vista. It seems to have a problem when I’m moving between my gmail and Eurasia Group accounts. Not always, but often enough to be a nuisance. I’ll let you know if I find out more. The IE+Vista combo has its own problem: it often freezes when I type in the Google search box.