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posted by NCommander on Sunday February 16 2014, @10:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the ¡sᴉɥʇ-sǝlpuɐɥ-ʍou-ǝʇᴉs-ǝɥʇ dept.
So, after dealing with a bit of monkeying with the database, I'm pleased to announce that Soylent should (in theory) have support for UTF-8 starting immediately. Now obviously this isn't well tested, so this is your chance to break the site in two, consider the comments below to be "open season" so to speak. I know the comment preview has some issues with UTF-8 (and it only works at all in Plain Text or HTML modes)

For purposes of breakage, anything that breaks the site layout/Reply To/Parent/Moderate buttons, or breaks any comments beyond itself is considered bad. We need to stop those. If you can break it (which shouldn't be hard), you earn a cookie, and I'll get you in the CREDITS file as something awesome.

For comments that are just plain unreadable, moderation will take care of them, and that isn't considered a bug. So go forth and BREAK my minions! ()}:o)↺
 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bryan on Sunday February 16 2014, @11:18PM

    by bryan (29) <bryan@pipedot.org> on Sunday February 16 2014, @11:18PM (#337) Homepage Journal

    I know UTF-8 is one of those "features" that many people on slashdot have missed for a long time, but I thought most of that was for simple additions like the euro/pound/yen symbols and such.

    Am I the only one that would prefer not to see non-english text mixed in with the comments?

    Then again, I'd fully support an exception for Klingon. Maybe elvish too.

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  • (Score: 1) by clone141166 on Monday February 17 2014, @01:31AM

    by clone141166 (59) on Monday February 17 2014, @01:31AM (#366)

    Yeah it may mean some unreadable posts, but as pointed out in the story text moderation should take care of that. There was even talk of a new mod category, something like "-1 Unintelligible" :P

    • (Score: 1) by turtledawn on Monday February 17 2014, @06:16AM

      by turtledawn (136) <turtledawnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday February 17 2014, @06:16AM (#447)

      I rather like that idea for a mod.

      • (Score: 1) by Spook brat on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:57PM

        by Spook brat (775) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:57PM (#2544) Journal
        There's some room for abuse there; 'unintelligible' ranges from "I don't speak that language" to Time Cube to "poster doesn't make cogent argument". Since that last one borders closely on "I don't agree with this" I hope meta-moderation will keep that in check.
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  • (Score: 1) by FatPhil on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:53AM

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:53AM (#1546) Homepage

    There will be stories about Finns with äs in their names. Swedes with Ås in their names, and maybe, just maybe, stores about icelandic volcanoes with ðs in their name. Whilst I like the idea of everyone agreeing to use English language, that doesn't mean every word they'll be typing will be English.

    Note - this post isn't UTF-8, this is plain old ASCII, I used the &entity; syntax.

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  • (Score: 1) by xaxa on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:49PM

    by xaxa (1489) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:49PM (#1848)

    At present, there's nothing stopping someone from writing in German, French, Spanish, or many other languages using Latin letters (more or less). Since it doesn't happen, I don't think we need to worry.

    (But if I post in a quote with an em-dash: — or some “proper†‘quotes,’ maybe an arrow → or temperature (0°C) it won't make a mess.)

    (Nope, looks like it's going to make a mess.)

  • (Score: 1) by M. Baranczak on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:38AM

    by M. Baranczak (1673) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:38AM (#2101)

    Well, why shouldn't we be able to post non-English comments?

    And even if you don't, it would be nice to be able to spell some people's names correctly.

    Lech Wałęsa [wikipedia.org]
    Friðrik Þór Friðriksson [wikipedia.org]
    Jaroslav Hašek [wikipedia.org]

  • (Score: 1) by c0lo on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:12AM

    by c0lo (156) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:12AM (#2115) Journal

    Am I the only one that would prefer not to see non-english text mixed in with the comments?

    How do you consider the use of ℃ or ㎞ units: are they proper English or part of the non-english text?

    Oooopps. A copy/paste of these characters from the "Character map" (on Ubuntu/Firefox) straight into the reply text box results in them showing mangled in the preview (no mater if plain-old text or HTML).
    To provide the context: I was enquiring about the use of these and units.

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    • (Score: 1) by maxwell demon on Thursday February 20 2014, @08:31AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 20 2014, @08:31AM (#3264) Journal

      The bytes are probably interpreted by slashcode as latin1 instead of utf8.

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