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Characters on the list (was: deep flutes)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, February 10, 2000, 19:52
Matt Pearson wrote:

> My email program has no problem with accents and n-tildes, but hacek'd > letters seem to bother it. My previous email program balked at anything > beyond the basic keyboard characters, but that one was hopelessly > antiquated. I generally try and avoid diacritics when I post bits of > Tokana on the list, but other people use lots of diacritics and nobody > seems to complain...
For our purposes, there are three relevant character sets, each of which is a superset of the one before: ASCII > ISO Latin-1 > Windows 1252. ASCII doesn't include any accents, but everyone understands it. Latin-1 includes acute, grave, circumflex, diaeresis/umlaut, and a few tilde accents, and almost everyone understands it; it also contains some extra letters, namely ae-ligature, German sharp-S, thorn, and eth. Vanilla Mac's can't handle thorn or eth. Windows 1252 handles all of these, plus oe-ligature, s and z with caron/hacek, directional quotation marks, and a bunch of extra symbols, but only Windows boxes understand it in full. All this is subject to change for people who use Eastern European or Turkish or Esperanto or .... character sets, but it covers most of the traffic on conlang. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)