You're basically correct, just substitute "font" for "operating system".
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > ------------------------- > Don MacQueen > email@example.com > -------------------------