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

Benjamin Barrett mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 24 19:26:06 UTC 2016


My e-mail software handles smart quotes, accents, Chinese and every other language I’ve ever seen, except when sent by the ADS mailing list. I don’t recall having trouble from any individual for at least five years. That’s why I suspect there might be a setting on the mailing list side. BB

> On 24 Mar 2016, at 07:51, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> 
> 
> It's not everyone who sees such messages garbled.=C2=A0 I, for example, hav=
> e received them all (except for a few a while back), from both Ben and Denn=
> is, in readable form.
> 
> However, to be kind to those whose email apps are not smart enough to handl=
> e "smart quotes", accented letters, etc., perhaps Ben and Dennis can try se=
> nding a test message in "plain text", and ask those who have seen garbled m=
> essages whether that loses the troublesome characters without also losing o=
> ther information.
> 
> Joel
> 
>      From: Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU=20
> Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 1:43 AM
> Subject: [ADS-L] Garbling (Re: on national grammar day)
>  =20
> There have always been problems on the ADS list with garbled characters. I =
> looked on the Linguist List but didn=E2=80=99t see this issue addressed. It=
> seems that some people don=E2=80=99t have this problem, but it=E2=80=99s r=
> eally 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 muddl=
> e through, though I can always go to the website to find posts without the =
> garbling.
> 
> Dennis Baron=E2=80=99s posts are even more problematic as they are 100 perc=
> ent garbled for at least those of us who receive the other sorts of garblin=
> gs. 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:
>> =20
>> Eh?
>> =20
>> On Mar 6, 2016 1:00 PM, "Baron, Dennis E" <debaron at illinois.edu> wrote:
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>> ...
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