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RE: Form submission when successful controls contain characters outside the submission character set

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 17:04:30 +0000 (UTC)
To: Francois Yergeau <FYergeau@alis.com>
Cc: "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0309151702040.6502@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 15 Sep 2003, Francois Yergeau wrote:
>> I do not believe that your average user is likely to understand the
>> concept of character sets, and I have no idea how I would even begin to
>> write a warning message for this issue.
> Look at the Mozilla mailer.  If you try to send a message with
> out-of-encoding characters, it pops up a warning: "The message you
> composed contains characters not found in the selected Character Coding,
> so your message may become unreadable after you send or save it."  It
> then offers a choice of send anyway or cancel to fix things.  If you
> send anyway, the offending chars are replaced by question marks.

That dialog exactly represents the problem I referred to. It is completely
meaningless to most users.

> > > encourage web page authors to upgrade to UTF-8.
> >
> > Indeed. But that doesn't help the ISO-8859-1 case. :-(
> Nothing will.

I meant, it doesn't help me decide on what Mozilla and Opera should do in
this case.

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