[Alpine-info] Alpine is converting ? to ??
mbmiller+l at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 14:10:19 PDT 2009
On Tue, 10 Mar 2009, Barry Landy wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Mar 2009, Mike Miller wrote:
> :>On Tue, 10 Mar 2009, Barry Landy wrote:
> :>> It was incredibly hard to get persons from USA to understand the problems
> :>> experienced by Europeans in multi-lingual documents (including but not
> :>> limited to, email); eg someone with a German name sending an email in Danish
> :>> to someone with a French name. All 3 character sets need to be
> :>> simultaneously available and "you could just switch to a different set" did
> :>> not cut it.
> :>What didn't those USA persons understand about that?
> They persisted in thinking that character set switching would cut the
> mustard. White papers with example after example were needed to break
> down the engrained attitudes.
Switching back and forth within a single message? That's an interesting
concept. I guess you'd need special switching codes that would be hidden
from the reader. Also, all recipients would have to be able to handle all
the different char sets.
I have to say, I've been very happy since switching to UTF-8. Someone
sent Chinese characters earlier today and I could actually see them
instead of seeing a load of ugliness. I was held back for years by a
terminal that didn't do UTF-8, and I didn't know it. Life is now much
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