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Why are ASCII symbols hovering around my text?

So I uploaded something on fanfiction.net, just a text document, and now that I published it something really weird happened.

So at certain places random horizontal ASCII characters appear, like this

g̳̰͎̼͈̭̥̩͚̘͔̙̭̹̞͒͆̎͒̐͑͂ͦͣ͆͆̏̀͜͟ỏ͑ͦͤ̄̇ͪ̾̇ͪ̇ͫ͂͑̋͒̔ͯ̉҉҉̡̻̪̲̺̙̲̥͖̗͜ś͉̲͇̫͎̠͉͑ͫͯ̂̔ͫ̎ͭͯ̚͜͠h̆ͮ̅͊̋̏́̅ͮͣ̂̐ͫͭ͗̄̄ͫ҉̶̥̱̝͈̰̖̞̬͙̯͓̱̻͈̥͎̯͔̀-̯͉̯͕̤̜͖̞̦̘͔̱̯̗͈̹͌ͨ̿̀ͨͨ̐͛͒͑͛ͮͧͭ̿͆̉̂͘͘dͫͫ̈ͮͥ̄͑̆̈ͨ̓̑ͮ̋̾̚̕͏̩̭͎̼͕͙̪̺̪̫̞͍̣͚̘̭̹́͞â̴̮̜͈͚̈́̾ͧ́̍͗͋ņ̴̮̙̫̲̟̘͖̗͒̈́͑̌̄͗ͨ̔̾̂ ̷̢͓̱̼͖̹͓̭̮̖̥̤̅͒ͥ̿͟͞͡ṯ̗̳̫̘̲͉͉͓͙͎̰̥̱͛̌͆̍͗̈ͫ̂̀̃́́͠͡ͅơ̵̙̟͓͈̞̘̜̹̝̞̟̆͌ͧͨ̽̾͑̃ͮ̉ͣ͛̐̓ͮ͘͡ ̸̩̬͉̘̦̪̪̞̻͌̈́̄ͥͅͅh͖̣͕̳̼̘̘͕̲̬̰̯̞͇͆̀̄ͤ̆̅͂ͪ̑̔̓̒́ͨ̅ͩ̅͡͞ĕ͕͍͙̬̟̝̥̬̙̤̳̂ͣ̓̑̚͢͡͡͡s̫͕͚̣͓͙̯̺̦̥̜̠͖̼̼ͩͤ́̇̏͊̂̍̓͛̓̄ỏ̯̳̖̜̝̪̙̰̼̜̓͂͛͗̾ͬͫ̈́̓ͯ̉̎͛̃̍-̫̬̠̩͖̟̺̱̘̜͔̲͕͉̳̭̱̗̾ͧ̓͋̍͑̉̍̏ͪͨͪ̈́ͨ̆͗ͣ̚ā̩̹̖͙̮̹̖̣̍͗ͦ̽͆̔ͬ̽̎ͩn͎̥͇͔͍̳̣͉͉̱̤̮̩̬̑ͫ̾͛̽͑ͦ̏̃͛̓̈̄̐̆͆ḋ̫̘̲̫̞̰̹̲̖͇̯̗͍̩͇͓͂ͤ̆̂̃͑ͧ-̣̙͍̙̟̦̝̞͖̲̜̰͙͖̦̳̺̙̟͗̎ͧ̉̓ͯ̅́͆s̼̰͓̹͑ͧ̆ͮ̓̓͑̃͋̒͐o͉̞͈̭̮͔̬͖̣̗̼͍̖ͮ̾ͤ̃ͯͥ̓̉̍̍ͯ̒

...Anyone have an idea what could be happening?

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  • Jallan
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    These are mostly not “ASCII” characters but Unicode characters. ASCII characters are usually considered to be the 127 characters, 95 of which are printable, which were originally the standard computer characters used for English in most computers. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII .

    Unicode is a much, much, much larger character set used in most computers today. Besides including a much larger set of characters (http://www.unicode.org/charts/ ) it also includes diacritic characters which when typed in a font that supports them appear over or under or through the preceding character(s),

    For a complete list of these combining Unicode characters see http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/searc... . The creator of the text you have presented has included many such combining characters for some reason and they are printing as they are supposed to.

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