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Offline Louisiana Night

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squares(unidentified characters)
« on: August 13, 2004, 10:08:05 PM »
I put in a word, then a number, into the search engine. I got many squares in the previews. Anyone want to explain what is happening?

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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2004, 10:13:11 PM »
What word and what number?  :o ???
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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2004, 10:16:36 PM »
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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2004, 10:18:42 PM »
I don't see any squares, but I do see a lot of ' instead of apostrophes.  ::)
« Last Edit: August 13, 2004, 10:19:03 PM by Yonkey »
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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2004, 10:21:44 PM »
I get a ム39

This is fun  !!!

I typed (square)39
« Last Edit: August 13, 2004, 10:22:25 PM by Louisiana Night »

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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2004, 10:24:57 PM »
I get squares, too... it's what Opera does whenever it can't display a certain character.

From my n00b guess, it looks like the forum software turns apostrophes into their encoded counterparts, and the forum software is showing the 3 from the character code in the search results. Bizarre.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2004, 10:27:14 PM »
I get a ム39

What does that look like in Opera?

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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2004, 10:27:53 PM »
Yeah, I've noticed this forum having problems with smart quotes too (i.e. quotation marks that look like 66 and 99 as opposed to "").
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2004, 10:36:50 PM »
Lousiana:

It spells out the symbols and numbers:

Ampersand hash 1 2 5 1 2 semi-colon 3 9

No spaces.

"Smart quotes" and other special characters tend to be a little dicey in HTML anyway, unless you get your page and character encoding matched up properly.

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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2004, 10:38:57 PM »
Except for the "Ampersand hash", that's what I get(unless that means the same thing as the "and" and "number" sign).

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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2004, 10:43:16 PM »
Er, yes. Ampersand is the fancy-shmancy name for the "and" sign, and hash is the fancy-shmancy name for the "number" sign. Sorry. :-[

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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2004, 10:46:29 PM »
Ampersand hash 1 2 5 1 2 semi-colon 3 9

No spaces.

Exactomundo what I see in IE.  ;P
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2004, 11:03:24 PM »
Er, yes. Ampersand is the fancy-shmancy name for the "and" sign, and hash is the fancy-shmancy name for the "number" sign. Sorry. :-[

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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2004, 01:04:02 PM »
It looks like the forum software turns apostrophes into their encoded counterparts, and the forum software is showing the 3 from the character code in the search results. Bizarre.

It's probably done to prevent cross-scripting (inserting malicious scripts in forms) :-\
BTW, I had the same problem when I tried writing in Hebrew letters - they all turned into code numbers :-X
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Re:squares(unidentified characters)
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2004, 10:52:18 PM »
It's not the encoding part I found bizarre (although the encoding script is obviously a little sloppy)... it's the fact that the encoding was included in the search results that I found bizarre. Seems like the search function just brute force searches the raw database stuff, or something like that.

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