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Re: [Ltru] Re: "mis" update review request (from ietf-languages)

From: Stephen Deach <sdeach@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:51:34 -0700
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To: Addison Phillips <addison@yahoo-inc.com>, Najib Tounsi <ntounsi@emi.ac.ma>
Cc: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>, kent.karlsson14@comhem.se, www-international@w3.org

I would not rely on this "rule of thumb"!

Some products draw the (open or solid) "box" for all "unknowns"; others 
draw the "?" for all "unknowns"; some apps draw a "boxed-?" for all 
"unknowns"; then other have different representations for various classes 
of "unknown"; and if they rely on the font to represent unknown glyphs the 
fonts provide different representations for missing glyphs.

At 2007.04.24-00:13(+0100), Addison Phillips wrote:

> > In general, "?" means: I know the character code, but don't have the
> > font to display it,
> > and "the little rectangle" means: I don't recognize that character code.
>Not quite. In general the "?" means that a conversion was done and the 
>target character encoding didn't include the character, such as when 
>converting Japanese ideographs encoded as Shift-JIS to ISO 8859-1 
>(although some browsers also display question marks when the character 
>code is unknown). The little rectangle means "I know the character, but 
>don't have a font".
>Addison Phillips
>Globalization Architect -- Yahoo! Inc.
>Internationalization is an architecture.
>It is not a feature.

---Steve Deach
Received on Monday, 23 April 2007 23:52:09 UTC

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