If your listings look perfect when you enter them on our private site or via your software, yet when you view them on the realestate.co.nz they appear with question marks or strange symbols – as in the two examples below – then keep reading!
This occurs when you copy and paste text from another source into your software or our private site. The most common example is the use of apostrophes or single quotes as shown above. In Microsoft Word, which a lot of people will obviously be using, the apostrophe and simple single quote characters get replaced by what are called smart quotes. These special characters can cause problems in HTML, which is the protocol used by the internet to present text on web pages.
In order to avoid these problems, you should copy and paste your text into Notepad before you copy it to your software or our private site. Notepad is a plain text editor with none of the advanced functionality of word processing applications such as Microsoft Word. This ensures your text will be shown in its most simple form and therefore will be correctly represented on our site.
February 29 2008 12:52 am | Admin Hints & Tips