Unicode vs The Rest Of The World (Again) (was Re: Re: Le tilde a-t-il Ã©tÃ© utilisÃ© en franÃ§ais?)
|From:||Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 30, 2004, 19:43|
On Fri, 30 Apr 2004 20:57:31 +0200, Jean-François Colson
> From: "Philippe Caquant" <herodote92@...>
>> (Please don't send Unicode...)
> Sorry, it was the only way to send the letters e with tilde and long s.
> Or perhaps there's another way I don't know of?
I think it is the only way (certainly for long s). Unfortunately, many
people around here haven't yet bothered to get Unicode mail clients
(including the very small number for whom this is a still technical
impossibility for one reason or another). It's quite an amusing situation
that so many linguists would deny themselves the biggest boon to online
linguistics since the invention of e-mail, IMO.
More worrying than the mere adoption rate is that the List Server itself
is **severely** broken when it comes to UTF-8 (and presumably any other
full 8-bit encoding). It takes byte values (inside message bodies, I don't
know about inside attachments) 128 thru 149 and subtracts 128 from them,
leaving you with multi-byte UTF sequences that at best point to the wrong
character and at worst form a broken character that is unprintable.