Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 11:29:13 -0400 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: HTML diacritics and such At 11:04 AM 7/21/97 -0500, you wrote: >it's not safe to send anything but ASCII. > >In brief: DON'T EMAIL WEIRD SYMBOLS. > >Yours for clear communication, > > Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Actually, that was just a clip of a few lines on historical spellings of the preterit of bid from OED2, and it displayed with no problems on my email system. I've quoted from the OED before without problems, but this time I must have hit upon a passage (probably due to two diacriticals) that got messed up. That hadn't happened before. I've been successfully emailing/posting umlauts and acutes and graves and so on for several years, generated in word-processing programs and cut-and-pasted into emails.... I should have suspected there'd be a problem at some point, though -- the diacritical problem shows up on the Indo-European and Nostratic lists with some frequency, where it's harder to avoid.... How can one tell something is not ASCII when it looks fine on one's own email system before it's sent? Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]