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Re: dashes and non-breaking spaces

From: Karl Eichwalder
Subject: Re: dashes and non-breaking spaces
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 22:11:17 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110003 (No Gnus v0.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

> The word "must" makes this statement so strong that it surprises me.
> Why do you think this is such a great problem?

I often receive broken UTF-8 messages.  People quote UTF-8 texts with
German "umlauts" and treat these texts as iso-8859-1 encoded resulting
in escapes instead of 'ß', for example:

    > 'Die Stadt heiÃ\237t "Lutherstadt Wittenberg".'
                 heißt (corrected)

"\237" and some other escapes can often occur and then the text is
disturbed with many blue fragments.

Messages written in French often contain non-breaking spaces
intentionally and legitimately; adding a special marker to them destroys
the text (Stefan Monnier explained it in a previous message).

http://www.gnu.franken.de/ke/                           |      ,__o
                                                        |    _-\_<,
                                                        |   (*)/'(*)
Key fingerprint = F138 B28F B7ED E0AC 1AB4  AA7F C90A 35C3 E9D0 5D1C

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