[Ads-l] Garbling (Re: on national grammar day)

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Thu Mar 24 18:08:35 UTC 2016


I find that garbling often occurs even when I send the message in plain text, particularly if I am replying to someone else's post.  It seems to be associated with posts sent from my desktop computer, which is a Windows machine and uses Microsoft Outlook for email.  Posts sent from my iPad, such as this one, do not seem to have the problem.


John Baker


Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 24, 2016, at 10:54 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> 
> It's not everyone who sees such messages garbled.  I, for example, have received them all (except for a few a while back), from both Ben and Dennis, in readable form.
> 
> However, to be kind to those whose email apps are not smart enough to handle "smart quotes", accented letters, etc., perhaps Ben and Dennis can try sending a test message in "plain text", and ask those who have seen garbled messages whether that loses the troublesome characters without also losing other information.
> 
> Joel
> 
>      From: Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 1:43 AM
> Subject: [ADS-L] Garbling (Re: on national grammar day)
> 
> There have always been problems on the ADS list with garbled characters. I looked on the Linguist List but didn’t see this issue addressed. It seems that some people don’t have this problem, but it’s really frustrating for me to try to figure out which garblings are quotation marks, which are accented Latin letters and which are from other languages. Even equal signs come to me as garbled characters. I generally just muddle through, though I can always go to the website to find posts without the garbling.
> 
> Dennis Baron’s posts are even more problematic as they are 100 percent garbled for at least those of us who receive the other sorts of garblings. Again, you can get his postings without the garbling on the website.
> 
> Is there a way to fix this problem?
> 
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> 
>> On 22 Mar 2016, at 22:22, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> 
>> Eh?
>> 
>>> On Mar 6, 2016 1:00 PM, "Baron, Dennis E" <debaron at illinois.edu> wrote:
>> TGFycnksDQoNClJlOiBCcCBMb3d0aDogWW91ciBjb21tZW50IHByb21wdGVkIG1lIHRvIGxvb2sg
>> bW9yZSBjbG9zZWx5IGF0IHRoZSB3b3JrSS4gTG93dGggZG9lcyB1c2UgdGhhdCBkb3VibGUgbmVn
>> YXRpdmUgY29tbWVudCBpbiB0aGUgMTc2MyBlZGl0aW9uLCBwLiAxMzkuIEl0IGRvZXMgbm90IGFw
>> cGVhciBpbiB0aGUgZmlyc3QgZWQuLCAxNzYyLiBJIHRvbyBoYXZlIHNlZW4gdGhvc2UgbWFueSBx
>> ...
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