I just helped a client to recover and re-install an old wordpress blog that was still running version 2.1.2 (that's from 2007 for those of you old enough to remember).
The old theme wasn't compatible with the new wordpress, so I'm using Twenty Ten for now.
Now I notice that there's a lot of instances of bad punctuation in the blog posts -- usually where smartquotes have been turned into gobbledygook. Sometimes an e with an accent (like in the word cliche) is botched.
Is there a way to globally fix this in the blog? There's hundreds of posts. I'm wondering if the choice of theme has something to do with it, or if I should re-import the database or xml back-up somehow. (First I'd have to compare and contrast the back-ups to see if the problem is there, too.)
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I just checked the XML back-up, and it's human readable, although it's full of smartquotes and m dashes. I can replace all those, but the French characters (e with an accent) will be a problem. I'd like to leave those alone!
In any case, if I DO import that XML file, how do I avoid the problem of double posts? Do I have to delete all other posts and pages first? Sounds apocalyptic.