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    Weird question marks replacing quotes, apostrophes, and three dots

    I noticed sometimes if I type ?what?s going on? , it will replace the apostrophe and quote marks with question marks. Only noticed that on this forum.
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    My posts look like that here also. Not usely question marks, sometimes Swedish letters. (Lol) How about ?now??

    Edit, I guess it question marks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helirich View Post
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    Edit, I guess it question marks now.
    Nothing has changed here -- The difference is what is being used to create/send the characters...

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    So basically because the forum is old, it can?t accept characters from an iPhone?

    Never seen this on other forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 81dmc View Post
    So basically because the forum is old, it can?t accept characters from an iPhone?

    Never seen this on other forums.
    Yes. (It's a common problem with email, Word docs, ect.)

    As I understand it, the iPhone may be using a character set that is not backwards compatible (ISO-8859, 1 byte, 128 characters v/s UTF-8 multi bite, ~2 billion characters). So one character may be interpreted as several, or set to a question mark (or other default) when unrecognized.

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    This finally bit me too. So I decided to do an experiment. The following tests are typed exactly alike using the indicated applications, then copied/pasted into this post (except #6, which is typed in directly).


    --[ Begin Test ]--------------------------------------------------

    1-MS Word
    ?‘single quoted?’
    ?“double quoted?”
    ?question mark?

    2-MS Wordpad
    'single quoted'
    "double quoted"
    ?question mark?

    3-MS Notepad
    'single quoted'
    "double quoted"
    ?question mark?

    4-Notepad++
    'single quoted'
    "double quoted"
    ?question mark?

    5-Email (Windows Live Mail Client)
    'single quoted'
    "double quoted'
    ?question mark?

    6-Typed-in Directly into DMCTalk thread (this post)
    'single quoted'
    "double quoted"
    ?question mark"

    --[ End of Test ]-------------------------------------------------

    Notes:
    1. Apps are used offline, outside of DMCalk (excpet #6) on a Windows 10 based PC only (no Apple, Android, Linux products tested).
    2. MS Word used for longer posts, so to better organize thoughts and correct grammatical errors, while preserving spell-check utilization.


    Conclusion: Don't type your post in an older version of MS Word (or equivalent), then copy/paste into a DMCTalk thread. Use one of the other applications, if needed. This is determined before posting by utilizing the "Preview Post" option. This is not a solution, but at least a temporary work around until a newer version of MS Word can be obtained.

    Hope this helps.
    Thomas

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    Are you using the web version of DMCTalk or the Tapatalk version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Are you using the web version of DMCTalk or the Tapatalk version?
    Web version only, I don't use Taptalk at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen View Post
    Conclusion: Don't type your post in an older version of MS Word (or equivalent), then copy/paste into a DMCTalk thread. Use one of the other applications, if needed. This is determined before posting by utilizing the "Preview Post" option. This is not a solution, but at least a temporary work around until a newer version of MS Word can be obtained.

    Hope this helps.
    Thomas

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    I?m not real puter literate, so I always just type in the reply box. (On an IPad)

    ?Single quote?
    ?Double quote?
    ?Question mark?

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    Simply put, if you are using anything modern, it will cause this problem.

    dmctalk VB4 is old for 2023.
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    Most forums have moved to XenForo as it?s easier to use and more modern, secure, etc. I admin on one of them.


    I noticed the DMC forums are starting to die though. Many are moving to Facebook.

    But I personally hate FB, so if DMC forums completely go belly up, I?ll just stay disconnected.
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