Computer 'Standards' and the effect on SCD

John K. Andrews

Message 14983 · 7 Dec 1998 22:55:08 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Don,

You're basically correct, just substitute "font" for "operating system".

Regards,

Jay

Don MacQueen wrote:
>
> While not being an expert, I will pretend to know a little bit about this...
>
> It's probably not the software (Word) but the operating system.
>
> Once you depart from the standard ascii characters (more or less, the
> characters on a traditional typewriter keyboard), there are various
> standards for the extended character definitions. Apple implemented
> extended characters pretty much before anyone else did (I believe) and
> therefore have their own standard (possibly inherited from or in
> coordination with Adobe). Later, the international standards
> organization(s) (ISO) set some different standards. Unix windowing systems
> tend to follow these (Motif, X11, Openwindows). I have no idea what
> Microsoft uses.
>
> But, in any case, the source and target operating systems of Deborah and
> Alan I would assume are different.
>
> Someday, maybe, everybody will follow the same standards. But until then,
> going outside the minimal ascii character set is asking for trouble.
>
> -Don
>
> p.s. Anyone feel free to make corrections to what I've said....
>
> At 7:45 AM -0800 12/7/98, Deborah Shaw wrote:
> >At 09:57 AM 07-12-98 +0100, Alan wrote:
> >> The author of this document has used special symbols in the diagrams to
> >represent the men and the women as they dance. I have no idea how these
> >symbols appear on the author's computer, but on mine, the man appears as a
> >little loudspeaker and the woman as the New York skyline. <
> >> I am searching for the meaning of this symbolism. Has anyone any
> >suggestions?
> >
> >I confess that I am the author of that document. When it left my computer,
> >the "special" symbols were the standard circle-with-arrow-off-right for
> >male and circle-with-cross-below for female.
> >
> >I suggest that Alan's computer believes that males make noise but don't
> >listen and that females are lovely in silhouette and strong in structure.
> >Alan, what did your computer make of the musicial note that I used to mark
> >the top of the set? And seriously, I am concerned that the arrows I used
> >for direction came through as meant.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >Deborah
> >
> >--
> >Deborah Shaw <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>
> -------------------------
> Don MacQueen
> xxxx@xxxx.xxx
> -------------------------

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