[Ads-l] Mailing list treatment of quotation marks, apostrophes, and hyphens
Joel S. Berson
Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Oct 17 00:51:11 UTC 2014
I believe the problem arises from text that contains "intelligent"
double quotation marks, "intelligent" single quotation marks, or en-dashes.
The "intelligent" quotation marks are the forms that have different
shapes for opening and closing symbols -- opening with the tail up,
closing with the tail down. En-dashes are slightly longer than the
(dumb) hyphen/minus we're all used to from the days before Unicode.
These "intelligent" characters can be created by Microsoft word, and
by presumably much other document-processing software these days. (I
share Garson's impression that the "mishandling" has become more
common -- perhaps because more software is using Unicode than
before.) They are encoded into bits differently from the
corresponding dumb characters.
These "intelligent" characters can be copied (e.g. when text is
cut-and-pasted), or perhaps directly entered, into an email application.
The problem arises when some program does not understand the
different encoding of the intelligent characters, and treats them as
a sequence of (three) characters that it does understand. I believe
this happens with some email clients (my Eudora, for example) rather
than in the list software, but I'm not absolutely positive. A test
shortly may give an answer.
At 10/16/2014 06:29 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>Has the mailing list software always mishandled quotation marks,
>apostrophes, and hyphens? I do not remember the problem being so
>severe last year.
>Also, I am still receiving warning messages like this:
>This message may not have been sent by:
>Maybe there is a way to reconfigure the mailing list software so that
>it does not garble/rewrite messages so often.
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