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Comment Tracker Bug Answered

Whenever I go to instructables, the first thing I do is check to see if I have any new comments. For some reason, there are always these odd question marks in diamonds right in the middle of the comments. This has happened since I joined instructables back in may 2008, I just haven't poster about it until now.. Any ideas as to why this happens? I use Firefox version 3.5.7 on one computer running Windows 7 Home Premium, and 3.5.9 on another computer running Windows XP Home Edition SP3. It seems that it happens on whatever computer I use, although I haven't tried on Macs yet. See the computer for the example.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

Those are actually non-breaking space entities ("nbsp;").  For reasons which are unclear, the little bit of server code which generates these synopses for your comments list cannot handle entities (of any kind) in the original text. 

These show up with the new CKeditor because because the new editor does not properly (according to the HTML specification) treat multiple user-entered whitespace as a single blank.  It randomly replaces the spaces you type with "nbsp;" entities.

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kcls
kcls

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, okay! Thanks for the info!

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

Reply 10 years ago

I see the same thing in Firefox, but oddly enough, not in IE8. Go figure.