abbreviations (on the screen)

Martin Sheffield

Message 6373 · 25 Jan 1997 00:31:10 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Jim wrote:

(and I quite like his abbrev'ns)

>3. Corner; partner: corner; partner to finish 2nd place opposite
>sides
>4. 2s/1s/3s advance and retire: 1s turn BH 1‡ times
>

which on my screen had to be read as "first couple turn one omega times".
Would there be enough bars for such a turn?

The serious question is: is there any way of knowing how non-basic
characters are going to look when they come out of pipe at the other end?
Or are there so many different systems that it's just a shot in the dark?

Sometimes accented vowels ("E acute") come out as they should, sometimes as
all sorts of strange strings. Even apostrophes are transformed in a few
messages. That limits the number of signs we can safely use to describe
dance figures, for example.

PS: What about:
" Turn cn, pt, cn, pt, to 2nd place opp sides" ?

Yours,
Martin,
Grenoble, France.

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