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Re: [Pan-users] Annoying ? in posts

From: Rhialto
Subject: Re: [Pan-users] Annoying ? in posts
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 00:15:00 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Fri 21 Sep 2012 at 10:58:31 +0000, DLSauers wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:36:21 +1000, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> > Short answer: it's an encoding problem. Some doofus is probably pasting
> > so-called "Smart Quotes" from Microsoft Word into their post, and their
> > news reader program (or Google Groups *spit*) is not adjusting the
> > encoding as it should.
> I can probably guess which piece of steaming cruft generates this 
> nonsense... 

The problem with Microsoft software is that it *often* claims to produce
Latin-1 encoding (aka ISO-8859-1) but actually produces Windows codepage
1252 ("windows-1252"). Those are mostly the same, apare from the control
characters from 128 to 159 (C1, I believe that range is called) which
Microsoft has filled with cruft like the aforementioned "smart quotes".

If it were really Unicode that was produced, I believe that Pan would
have no problem with it.

___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert  -- There's no point being grown-up if you 
\X/ rhialto/at/    -- can't be childish sometimes. -The 4th Doctor

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