Hello everyone!

As you may know that SEO rank's one criteria is the key word(s) appear in a file's name whose page contains them too.

So, my site's content is in Arabic language, and I wrote the pages' URLs as follows: http://www.arqam-arabi.com/ARABICNAMED_folder/ARABICNAMED.htm, where: ARABICNAMED, is the name in Arabic alphabet of a file/folder, being trailed by "_folder" (for a folder), and ".htm" (for a file).

The "charset=windows-1256" is the attribute used in my site's pages, and I use FileZilla for uploading the files, being set to: "AutoDetect" for Encoding. But browsers like IE and FF (even Arabized) seem not being able to follow the links' URLs as I showed above , though the non-Latin part of the name is still readable on the site, the same as through the FTP client.

This problem could meet any other websites of non-Latin-content, especially of right-to-let languages. Could someone please show me what to do to overstep such a problem?

Thanks in anticipation.

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If you have a look here:


you'll see that the url is encoded (using numeric codes for the UTF8 characters I think). You would have to do the same.

This might help:


Answered over 9 years ago by Tony Crockford

I came across this document on Creating HTML documents in Right-to-Left scripts a few days ago.

Answered over 9 years ago by Divya Manian

If you are using Apache, you might need to set the character set that is sent in the headers. Typically I have found servers don't have this set correctly or my site requires something different. Here is what you'd want to do:

?AddDefaultCharset windows-1256
AddCharset windows-1256 .html .htm .php

I personally usually use ?UTF-8 because I find it covers everything, but windows-1256 should also work although I haven't tested it.

Answered over 9 years ago by Darryl Hein
  • Thank you, Darryl Hein! In fact I have never tried using Apache. Lotfi Abdolhaleem over 9 years ago