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Non-English symbols issue

by TONI H / August 5, 2012 6:35 AM PDT

There have been a number of times when I have copied/pasted a quote from a website and after trying to 'submit post' a red warning comes up that I have used non-English symbols not recognized. Trying to figure out which symbols the filter doesn't like is pretty frustrating because it sometimes is nothing more than a footnote number that I have to backspace out of the quote or a ridiculous almost impossible to notice Windows character map item such as a 'true' "1/2" symbol.

Is there any way that this software could perhaps highlight what it doesn't like when the warning comes up so people don't have to read every single word of their posts again and try to figure it out?

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Non-english symbols cause problems in our system...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 8, 2012 1:33 AM PDT

this is the reason why we disallow it. If it's not found on your English keyboard, then it's more than likely to be blocked.

I wish there was a list, but I don't have one. Sorry Toni, I know it's a pain sometimes, but how often do you actually copy and paste quotes that have these symbols?

I know it's not intuitive, but perhaps pasting in to Microsoft notepad first before pasting in the forums? The special characters where causing problems in our system and thus we made the decision to disallow it. So I hope you understand.

-Lee

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Toni come to think of it, do you turn on...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 8, 2012 4:06 AM PDT

the text editoone when copying and pasting?

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(NT) An accented e, as in Cafe is on that list!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 12, 2012 9:59 PM PDT
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Are you saying ..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / August 13, 2012 11:42 AM PDT

Are you saying an accented e as in Cafe .. like this?? café ??

I don't seem to have ½ the problems you and Toni have. Devil

My .. ¢ ¢

Carol~©

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Now I know you are special,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 18, 2012 12:27 AM PDT
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You got me Carol...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / August 20, 2012 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Are you saying ..

Like P, the filter is not allowing me to submit it given the special characters that you have.

Confused

Will you let us in the secret? Grin Pretty please.

-Lee

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Look here
by Steven Haninger / August 20, 2012 2:40 AM PDT
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Darn! I meant to put "P" out of his misery this morning..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / August 20, 2012 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: You got me Carol...

I meant to put "P" out of his misery this morning, when I saw the tracking notification. I was going to let him know the "how and why" of it, but .... I got side-tracked. Sad

And the answer is....... behind door number 1 and 2 Silly

http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/characterentities_famsupp_69.html
http://www.intuitive.com/coolweb/entities.html

I've found at times, only a copy/paste will do it. But more often, I have to enter the code. When I'm in a "detail frame of mind" posting news, I enter the code.. to be exact.

A pretty please does it all the time! (But.. as stated.. I had planned on posting the links this morning)

¢ ¢ = & cent ; without the spaces.

© = & copy ; without the spaces.

Oh. And café = caf & eacute ; without the spaces

Does it make any sense? With fingers crossed, I hope this option isn't (now) going to be taken away, for some reason or another.

Carol

P.S. I have "John Almighty" to thank. Remember him? Seems like many-a-year-ago. Sure do miss him. Sad

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I hope you were speaking figuratively about
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 21, 2012 8:21 AM PDT

"putting P out of his misery"

Thanks for the links, interesting.
Sad that one has to resort to the "hard" way when there is a nice easy way.

P

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Oops. Poor choice of words. It surely was figuratively!! :)
by Carol~ Forum moderator / August 21, 2012 10:30 AM PDT

Sounds like I was referring to a horse with a broken leg. "Let's just shoot 'em and put him out of his misery". Grin

I better stop here, before I put my foot in my mouth (yet) again.

Carol

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