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I recently added a new post, and afterwards, many of the text lines on the wordpress dashboard appear messed up, almost as if they are protecting from a security breach or something.

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I have tried disabling all plugins, emptying the cache, using a different browser, but none of these seem to work.

I am developing locally too, not sure if that has any bearing.

Many thanks for any help in advance

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"WPZOOM News" is something custom. Please add a screenshot where you disabled everything and switched back to one of the Twenty* themes. – kaiser Mar 15 '13 at 11:43
This is an icon font. Use a clean setup, and check your local font directory for errors. – toscho Mar 15 '13 at 14:00

Check the source code of the admin page, and search for meta charset. You page should contain a <meta charset='utf-8' /> tag to instruct the browser the characters on your page are encoded in Unicode (UTF-8). This character encoding supports all characters, and is also recommended encoded for your pages for indexing in Google. If you page is not in UTF-8, Google converts it to UTF-8 before indexing it in their cache. So not having your page in UTF-8 can have unexpected and undesired results in Google's indexation.

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<meta charset='utf-8' /> is completely irrelevant and not used by any browser when there is already a proper HTTP header. And WordPress sends always a correct HTTP header. – toscho Mar 15 '13 at 10:17

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