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Re: [tlug] Browser/Font Question

Daniel A. Ramaley writes:
 > On 2012-01-08 at 23:09:03, Jim Breen wrote:
 > >First, what do you see here: 直?
 > I see the Chinese version. Looking at your e-mail's headers, i might 
 > know why:
 > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="Big5"

This is probably due to my mailer.

 > Does "Big5" mean Chinese?

In this context, it pays to be pedantic.

No, Big5 means a particular coded character set which includes almost
all characters in the JIS X standards (including kana), but is
primarily tuned to Chinese.  It is mostly used in Taiwan and Hong
Kong, IIRC (PRC uses GB character sets, and the national standard for
Taiwan is cumbersome and inaccurate, and almost entirely unused).
Fonts which are adapted to the Big5 repertoire of characters use
Chinese-style glyphs (usually but not always "traditional" style).

 > If so, then the problem is that your e-mail client told mine that
 > your message was in Chinese. Is that something you can change?


 > I'll be interested to see what my e-mail client says the character set 
 > is, since i responded to a message claiming to be Chinese...

Yours says UTF-8, which doesn't tell us anything about the language
(and that is the problem here).

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