Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: Mysterious characters appearing: A-circumflex, A-tilde

I have see EXACTLY this same problem.  By using AOLserver 3.3ad13 the problem went away.  Thus I recommend you do the same if possible.
Thanks for the responses.  Torben's explanation sounds suitably mysterious for such a nebulous problem.  But I guess misery loves company, because it's a relief to know at least one other person has seen the same thing.

I'm using HTMLArea straight out of the box, and I had assumed that it would inherit the character set of the page it's embedded in, which is iso-8859-1.

I didn't set up the server and can't change it myself, but I'll see if we can add the patches to AOLServer or switch to a different version.  I'll also find out what character set Postgres is using.