Curious characters in Thunderbird on Linux...
kevintm at ameritech.net
Thu Jul 31 14:26:44 UTC 2008
Björn Persson wrote:
> Tim wrote:
>> On Wed, 2008-07-30 at 20:54 -0500, Kevin Martin wrote:
>>> So if messages are sent using an encoding that you are not this will
>>> happen? Crud, how do you get around /that/?
>> Your client should automatically display the text correctly, transcoding
>> if it has to. Of course, that will only work if:
>> 1. The message correctly identifies which encoding it used.
>> 2. It's an encoding that your client understands.
>> 3. You have fonts that can provide the characters needed.
>> 4. You haven't forced your client to use a particular encoding.
>> 5. The message hasn't been mangled in transit.
> Thunderbird is good with character encodings in my experience, so points 1 and
> 2 shouldn't be a problem on your end, Kevin. Point 3 should give different
> symptoms. I don't know if point 4 is possible in Thunderbird. You may want to
> check that, but otherwise the problem is probably not with Thunderbird. Then
> it's either the other person's email program, or a broken gateway (point 5).
>> If you think all of that is a right headache, it is. That's why there
>> was a push for unicode all those years back. One scheme for everyone,
>> and no transcoding required.
> Unicode was invented some 50 years too late. A gazillion different encodings
> were created in the meantime, and now we have to cope with the mess.
> Björn Persson
Well, my encodings /were/ set to force UTF8 in and out. I've now just
set that as the default but aren't enforcing them with the
Preferences->Display->Fonts check boxes anymore. It looks /better/ but
still non-alphanumeric characters (like apostrophe) are hosed. Maybe
I'll change my default from UTF8 to one of the ISO "standard" encodings
and see how it looks.
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