Salty Salty - 5 months ago 38
Ajax Question

jQuery AJAX Character Encoding

I'm currently coding a French website. There's a schedule page, where a link on the side can be used to load another day's schedule.

Here's the JS I'm using to do this:

<script type="text/javascript">
function load(y) {
$.get(y,function(d) {
function mod() {
$("#dates a").click(function() {
y = $(this).attr("href");
return false;

The actual AJAX works like a charm. My problem lies with the response to the request.

Because it is a French website, there are many accented letters. I'm using the ISO-8859-15 charset for that very reason. However, in the response to my AJAX request, the accents are becoming ?'s because the character encoding seems to be changed back to UTF-8.

How do I avoid this? I've already tried adding some PHP at the top of the requested documents to set the character set:

<?php header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-15'); ?>

But that doesn't seem to work either. Any thoughts?

Also, while any of you are looking here...why does the rightmost column seem to become smaller when a new page is loaded, causing the table to distort and each
within the
to wrap to the next line?



UTF-8 is supposed to handle all accents and foreign chars - why not use it on your data source?

[Archive copy of the test file.] with your data

Everything should be UTF-8 in the first place. I loaded the files in notepad++, converted to utf-8 and manually changed the charactes to accents were needed. Once done everything's working like a charm.

BTW, unless your server is defined to php-process .html files, the files you're loading with ajax aren't getting your iso charset. If you insist on using the iso charset, request a php file instead of an html file, and define the charset in the header (not in the file itself)