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blog post Report Fixed: UTF-8 Support

Marshall Stokes
Posted on Jul 3, 2010 - 6:15 by Marshall Stokes
Thanks to Lajos for reporting issues with UTF-8 characters in many areas of Uvumi.com. We have finally fixed this issue and I am happy to announce that Uvumi.com now fully supports UTF-8 international characters everywhere on the website.

Example: 私たちの使命には、アーティストに力を与える広範囲の作成と芸術の消費を促進し、芸術的なコミュニティに値を追加します。

(if the above looks like gibberish to you, your computer probably doesn't support UTF-8)

In other news, things are not moving quickly at Uvumi HQ. Between Olivier's new full time job in Belgium, and my working full-time hours as a freelance consultant, progress on Uvumi features and upgrades are just not moving as quickly as we would like. Unfortunately, we will probably be stuck in this rut for a while, as it's going to take many weeks for us to build, test, and launch the new features we're working on, such as upgrades to Uvumi Groups, upgrades to the song management system (including increasing the streaming audio quality), and our planned platform that will enable artists to sell high quality versions of their songs from their Uvumi profiles.

In the meantime, I hope our members will continue using the service and providing feedback whenever possible. We are still growing daily, and Uvumi remains a great way for artists to connect with new fans and to get their music heard by listeners all over the world.

Thanks for being part of Uvumi :)


Older Post: Really Fixed: Linux Uploading to Uvumi.com Newer Post: Uvumi.com Updates, August 18, 2010

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  • geronimodeleon's picture
    Left by geronimodeleon, on Jul 6, 2010 - 20:59
    As always, thanks for your hard work, and updates.
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  • olivier's picture
    Left by olivier, on Jul 4, 2010 - 12:09
    I can see the japanese characters, but it's still gibberish to me
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  • Left by Rafael, on Jul 4, 2010 - 8:58
    It's good to be part of uvumi. :)
    Thanks for keeping us updated!
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  • hdsander's picture
    Left by hdsander, on Jul 4, 2010 - 8:36
    I hope that the growing number of listeners and artists will result in another flourish period soon.
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  • Sally's picture
    Left by Sally, on Jul 4, 2010 - 7:39
    Thanks very much once again for keeping us in the loop!
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  • George Pestana's picture
    Left by George Pestana, on Jul 3, 2010 - 13:34
    i see gibberish. you've got UTF-8 in the meta header; however make sure the web server also has it set. for example, in apache in you httpd.conf or .htaccess file :

    AddDefaultCharset utf-8

    are you using amazon only for the database, or are they hosting your web server as well ?
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    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Jul 3, 2010 - 14:32
      If you're seeing gibberish, my bet is that you don't have Unicode support in your OS or your web browser. We're definitely serving up UTF-8 on all our systems, but to answer your question, the entire Uvumi server cluster resides on Amazon now, database and all :)

      Anyway, as a test for you, hit up http://www.google.co.jp/ and if you see boxes and gibberish where there should be text, then you'll know you don't have Unicode enabled. You can also try this page: http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/~richard/unicode-sample.html which will be full of little boxes or other gibberish if you don't have Unicode.
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    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Jul 3, 2010 - 14:39
      Actually, it might just be that you don't have the Japanese language on your PC... let me know what you find out, I'm curious!
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        Left by George Pestana, on Jul 3, 2010 - 19:03
        yep i'll bet its the specific language - i hadn't thought of that. I know i dont have them all installed. When i go to the unicode 2.0 page i see about half of the items.

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