Are we getting closer to automatic encoding?
Thread poster: Jack Doughty

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Mar 12, 2003

I happened to notice that an Arabic-German question on the Kudoz easy all pairs page was shown in Arabic script, and so it was on the question page too (KudoZ 386698), with View/Encoding set to Western European Windows.

Arabic is not one of my languages so I don\'t normally take much notice of Arabic questions. Maybe this has been the case for some time, but I think at one time you would have needed View Encoding set to Arabic (Windows) or other Arabic setting to be able to read it.

This is not the case for Cyrillic scripts, which still require the View Encoding to be set to Cyrillic Windows (or sometimes Cyrillic KOI8-R) to make them readable.

But is this a sign of progress in this direction?



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Spiros Doikas  Identity Verified
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Unicode Mar 12, 2003

The only solution to this problem is using Unicode encoding. Thus, you should be able to see all kinds of different scripts on the same page. For more info see www.unicode.org

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Spiros Doikas  Identity Verified
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Unicode Mar 12, 2003

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On 2003-03-12 17:23, afaton wrote:

The only solution to this problem is using Unicode encoding. Thus, you should be able to see all kinds of different scripts on the same page. For more info see www.unicode.org



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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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It doesn't work for me Mar 12, 2003

To Spiros:

I just went to the Russian forum and set it to Unicode UTF-8, the only version available to me on Internet Explorer 6, and it came out as gibberish.



Since one of your languages is Greek, I assume it does work for you. Is yours a different Unicode?



I went to the URL you gave, but it doesn\'t appear to give any facility for downloading anything.


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Hermann Bruns  Identity Verified
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KudoZ.NET uses Unicode Mar 12, 2003

Hello Jack,



KudoZ.NET already uses Unicode. Therefore, all questions or answers posted by KudoZ.NET will be displayed correctly on all systems. For example, during the last days some Chinese-English questions were posted via KudoZ.NET. They were displayed correctly by every the browser, and there was no need to select a special character encoding.



On the other hand, when a question is posted via browser, it is posted using the character set of the poster\'s computer. For this reason, the user who wants to answer this question, must select the correct character encoding to be able to read the question. In many cases, it is quite straightforward to guess the correct encoding. In other cases, you might have to try several encodings before you select the correct one.



There are plans to use Unicode for the whole ProZ.com site. However, a lot of testing needs to be done, because we have to make sure that all browsers fully support Unicode.



Hermann







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