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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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06/04/05: Wacky punctuation marks on web pages

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From Doris=== Dear Webby: Lately I have seen more and more web pages that have question marks and wacky symbols where one would expect a quote or double-quote mark or some other punctuation mark. I have also seen it in some of the blander blogs. I won't visit those again anyway, because of their lack of interesting content, but I am wondering if that is just sloppiness or some new trend. I have even seen it in some articles on anti-government on-line "papers" like CNN and NY-Times-online. What's the story behind that? Doris Dear Doris It's just sloppiness by people who don't know HTML, and who just quickly slobber their stuff into MS WORD and then save it as HTML. Pirated and possibly even one legitimate version of MS WORD have trouble converting some punctuation marks into pure HTML. If they looked at their pages after they have been uploaded, then they would notice the gibberish and try to correct it, but it seems they don't care enough about their audience to do that. Since you write in HTML, you have nothing to worry about. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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