Emoji [And crash in the Web interface to the mailing list]

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Wed Apr 2 22:18:21 CDT 2014

It's really quite simple: Sending e-mails in ISO-2022-JP to the Unicode mailing list causes problems.


Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, USA
http://ewellic.org | @DougEwell

-----Original Message-----
From: "Philippe Verdy" <verdy_p at wanadoo.fr>
Sent: ‎4/‎2/‎2014 20:51
To: "Doug Ewell" <doug at ewellic.org>
Cc: "Ilya Zakharevich" <nospam-abuse at ilyaz.org>; "Unicode Mailing List" <unicode at unicode.org>
Subject: Re: Emoji [And crash in the Web interface to the mailing list]

There was no such browser bug in my Chrome install GChrome (in Gmail)which
rendered the full string correctly (no dots, all characters displayed

So this looks like a Firefox bug. There's a rendering problem in IE, but no
such critical bug that breaks the rest of the page. It looks like a problem
of transcoding of emails by browsers (in Gmail, the transcoding to UTF-8 is
performed apparently by the web server, so Firefox does not break when
rendering the Gmail page).

It is posible that what is really broken is in fact another webmail
interface that incorrectly transcodes the email to UTF-8. I cannot know if
the broken rendering was performed on everyone's client, if he use a
webmail or standalone email agent. Many webmail services are broken in how
they transcode the mails received in order to embed its content in a UTF-8
web page.

2014-04-02 22:31 GMT+02:00 Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org>:
> Sorry, this was my mistake. IE8 on Windows 7 displayed James's "angry"
> line like this:
> ヾ(@゜・・・・逅察・・縫吏・€ォ€趁占コ碣€ュ処腫徐ぢヽ(#`Д´)ノ
> - angry
> The only "private-use" character was something that got transcoded to
> U+E559, and IE8 displayed that as a space, not a dot. But a quick look
> at the ISO-2022-JP source shows this isn't right at all. So I guess I
> did have trouble viewing it, maybe not a crash, but severe mojibake.
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