I'm a LOT confused.
To re-cap, I noticed my German and Polish descriptions and other stuff showed ?? where there are supposed to be non-English characters AND the separator between image files is showing as ?? as well.
This is even the case for .prj backup files, until I go back past a certain date.
It looks like when I mass-changed the project files outside of SER with a utility, at a certain point, they were saved as ANSI.
So far, does this sound right? Would I lose those specific characters, even when converting, or re-encoding, in UTF-8 from ANSI?
I see now that I have to go in and either replace the old set for the new .prj files OR use NotePad++ to cut and paste the areas where it's messed up.
Are there any other UTF-8 special characters that are used in the file anywhere?
I think I am going to try converting the ANSI to UTF-8 and compare the two, and see if there are any other issues with ?? AND to see what changes I've made to those project settings since the time of the last good UTF-8 encoded backups.
Many thinks, this is an issue I've been hoping to deal with for a while.