From: Ray Anderson (Raymond.Anderson@eng.sun.com)
Date: Fri Sep 22 2000 - 13:40:56 PDT
Over the past several months a number of messages have passed
through si-list that have originated on systems in
China, Taiwan, Japan and other far east locations that
have non-standard (i.e. not standard ASCII) character sets.
For probably 99%+ of the readers on the list these messages
are unintelligble. sometimes even the header information is
encoded in these alternate character sets which causes them
to be rejected by the system.
I'm sure those users who post messages to the list are expecting
others to read their postings and probably aren't aware that
the messages are not legible to the majority of the list
For those users in the far east (and elsewhere) whose machines are
configured to use alternate alphabets, could you please make
sure the alternate alphabet is disabled when sending messages
to si-list? I'm sure a lot of good questions and comments
get ignored by the list simply because nobody can understand
what was said.
This hasn't been a huge problem, but it has happened frequently enough
to elicit comments and question from various members of si-list.
Thanks in advance for your attention!
Before someone points out that English (and plain vanilla
ASCII) aren't the only languages on earth, yes I realize that, but
they are the languages most commonly used by most of us on the list
for communicating with others around the world in the interests of
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