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The context menu can be found by right-clicking on the active tab (web page) content and in Chrome by right-clicking the RetroTxt toolbar button.

Context menu transcode text

Context menu

Transcode this text

Transcode text submenu

Character encoding is complicated, and the execution not always precise. If you encounter a page that is not displaying as expected, you can transcode the text to show a different set of characters. Transcode text selections only apply to the active browser tab.

A working example of transcoding

Here is a text document with the correct character encoding

Nonworking example of transcoding

Here is the same document with the incorrect transcoding

Automatic

The default behavior, this lets RetroTxt try to determine the base character encoding of the text and, when needed, apply any transcoding.

UTF-8 is the most common, contemporary code set to encoded Unicode text (including Emojis), and it is nearly always in use with HTML5. ISO-8859-1 was the original code set used by Linux, the Commodore Amiga, and online during the 1990s. It is near identical to ISO-8859-15 but lacks a few European-centric characters such as the sign.

CP-1252

Force the active tab to parse the source text using CP-1252 encoding.

ISO 8859-15

Force the active tab to display the text using ISO-8859-15, the recommended encoding for Linux and the web in the 2000s.

US-ASCII

Force the active tab not to transcode and can help to make documents encoded in UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 to display.

CP-1252 ↻

Force the active tab to display the text using CP-1252, a familiar legacy Microsoft Windows encoding instead of the default MS-DOS CP-437.

ISO 8859-5 ↻

Force the active tab to parse the source text using ISO 8895-5 encoding.