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    Exclamation UTF-8 Encoding Change

    In order to make forum life easier on everyone going forward, we have changed all languages to a uniform UTF-8 encoding. The default language is English UTF-8. We did not, however, change the existing database (i.e. existing posts).

    When reading old messages in UTF-8 format, some characters will not translate and you will see strange characters such as a diamond with a question mark. This will effect some languages more than others obviously. If you want to read older messages that aren't readable in UTF-8 format, go to the lower right of any forum page and temporarily change your language to a non UTF-8 language. This will be a temporary language change. Please don't post in non UTF-8 languages as these posts will not be readable when the non UTF-8 languages are eventually removed.

    If you want to set your default language to something other than English, you can do this via the SETTINGS tab at the top of the forums. Go to SETTINGS / MY SETTINGS / MY ACCOUNT / GENERAL SETTINGS / FORUM LANGUAGE.

    Our goal is to get everyone to start posting in UTF-8 format so soon our database will be mostly UTF-8 and encoding issues will slowly fade.
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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    When you change your language to an UTF-8 one, even the home page of these forums show readable Greek, Mayar, etc.

    HURRAY!
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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    The difference between the various UTF-8 languages is the translations of the buttons, links, text, etc. for the forums. Each language has it's own translations. However, as you said, FINALLY, you can read any forum in any UTF-8 language. Because we didn't convert our entire database, it's not perfect, but it's much better than what we had.
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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    تجربة اللغة العربيه
    اوبن سوز


    the two line upove written in arabic just to test the retrival of the arabic characters, i fing no need to change any thing, i think the database itself is UTF uniocode..
    great work

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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    Anything posted from today on with be UTF-8, such as your Arabic above. Messages posted prior to today may have missing characters when read in UTF-8 as the encoding of those messages are still as it was when they were posted. Over time, as people post, the UTF-8 messages will grow in the database until the most valuable data will be in UTF-8.
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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    On 2011-05-09 22:06, mojtabanow wrote:
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    > تجربة اللغة العربيه
    > اوبن سوز
    > the two line upove written in arabic just to test the retrival of the
    > arabic characters, i fing no need to change any thing, i think the
    > database itself is UTF uniocode..
    > great work


    The nntp side needs fixing, the above is displayed as garbage:

    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    Hooray, a long awaited change. Well done and thanks!

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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    Try changing your default language to English UTF-8 and all should be revealed. ;=)

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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    Thanks a lot, Kim & al others involved !!! Much better, a relief for the eye
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    Default Re: UTF-8 Encoding Change

    On 05/10/2011 03:36 AM, sleuth97 wrote:
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    > Try changing your default language to English UTF-8 and all should be
    > revealed. ;=)


    have you actually tried that on the "nntp side" ?

    i have, and "all should be revealed" is not in Thunderbird...which news
    client do you use which reveals all??

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