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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:54 am    Post subject: Speaking of apostrophe''s Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This site still seems to be having trouble with them. I've noticed that whenever there is a word which has one, like can't, or won't, or 2 o'clock, that the apostrophe is replaced with some weird looking symbols. At least it is on modern view. I haven't checked the other one.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:56 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of apostrophe''''s Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Now on this post it didn't do it. But just about everything else I read today had it. Did it get fixed?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of apostrophe''''s Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is because the poster used a phone with a browser that generates something called UNICODE. They aren't what is called ASCII, which is the original set of characters we associate with what is on the keyboard. In other words, those are not ', ", etc, they are a multi-character representation of ', " and other characters we don't have on the keyboard. It allows things like the symbols in east asian languages, the unusual characters that appear in languages other than English, but for a fact, really just let people have smiley faces on their text messages.

If a person using a phone configured with this more extended character set posts on Classic view, classic does not store characters in a way that those values can be remembered correctly, and they end up being gibberish. Modern kind of handles them, but even if the post is made there instead, by the time it gets to classic, it will be messed up. Just this weekend, I made a change to where now on Modern view, you can't enter them. If you were to post a message using a phone configured that way, it will just wholesale delete all of those special characters out of your subject and message. The end result will be this,

They post
I'm making a "test" sentence up here.
but what goes in is
Im making a test sentence up here.

This was the best I could do to stop it at least from the modern side. I have tried to do something similar on the classic side, but failed in every attempt so far. It does concern me that we may never be able to support modern devices with extended character sets on classic, so ruining the punctuation on people's posts may be the only solution.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Speaking of apostrophe''''''''s Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Thanks for the explanation. I was just curious as to what was happening. Your explanation cleared that up. Sure makes for some strange reading though!
 
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