Re: French accented characters - observations of problems

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Mar 16 2005 - 04:18:22 CST

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    On 16/03/2005 01:28, Donald Z. Osborn wrote:

    >This experience seems to say that we're a long way from where we'd like to be
    >(and where I thought we already were) with regard to weblication of and the
    >ability to share text with the most common West European accented characters.
    I have recently noted problems even with Thunderbird in that it does not
    always properly indicate the encoding of e-mails sent with it. I have
    received e-mails containing Hebrew from Thunderbird users whose systems
    are set up with the Hebrew code page, and the e-mails have been sent out
    with Hebrew code page (Windows-1255 or similar) encoded characters but
    no character set specified. And so my Windows-1252 system displays
    accented Latin characters instead of Hebrew. Now I might expect this
    behaviour (although formally incorrect) from an old pre-Unicode system,
    but not from the newly released Thunderbird - which I would expect to
    always indicate a character set, at least if there is anything outside
    the ASCII range. So, yes, we have a long way to go!

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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