FW: Subj: Unicode question

From: Magda Danish (Unicode) (v-magdad@microsoft.com)
Date: Tue Sep 26 2006 - 13:53:36 CST

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    Dear Unicode list members,

    Below is an inquiry I received through the Unicode office's reporting form. Because it is of interest to me and many bilingual and trilingual people in my entourage, I have decided to appeal to your expertise in an attempt to generate an answer that Unicode can use in an FAQ.
    Along with Spiro's questions below, here are some more I get all the time:
    - Why is it that some emails in < any foreign script> display correctly while others just appear as squares and interrogation marks?
    - I usually change the encoding to Arabic-Windows in order to view my Arabic emails, which seems to work almost all the time; But sometimes doesn't. Why is that?
    - If I change the encoding of an email to view it and then forward it to a friend, will my friend still be able to view it?
    - What should my setup and that of my correpondent be if we want to insure proper display and communication of our non-english messages?

    Spiro's inquiry is about a specific operating system and browser. Can we attempt an answer that will cover more than just one OS, mail client, browser, etc.
    Thank you very much.


    -----Original Message-----
    Date/Time: Sun Sep 24 01:31:56 CST 2006
    Contact: Spiro@siriush.com
    Name: Spiro A.
    Report Type: Other Question, Problem, or Feedback Opt Subject: Unicode question


    I am a linux user who has been struggling a lot with encodings, utf-8 and other European standards. Not being able to solve my issues, when exchanging data between users I wish to appeal to your knowledge in order to ask a question.
    I will try to ask it here:
    I have been running Gentoo and kubuntu disto for a couple of yeard and have been using kmail as mail client and mozilla firefox as web browser.
    No matter what, I have from time to time been experiencing issues with char type where people send me emails but I see squares or other chars in the text rather than proper chars.
    I have been told that it is a fault of those users who are sending mail as kmail is properly set.
    As I am not able to further my investigation and have been tired to experience this unpleasant issues I wish to ask who I can ask for help. I really wish to put an end to this issues and if I have wrong settings understand them properly.
    Please do not remit my questions to linux distributions because they most lilkely say: it is a problem of who send emails.

    I have plenty of examples, email headers and meanwhile I will also link you to a kde thread I started, just to get you an idea.
    This is my thread: http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119641
    This is another thread: http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119641

    Please let me know. I really hope I can find someone who can really solve this enigma.

    Thank you in advance,
    Spiro Angeli

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