[rfc-i] Character sets, was Comments on draft-iab-rfcformat

SM sm at resistor.net
Fri Dec 21 02:21:07 PST 2012

Hi Martin,
At 23:23 20-12-2012, Martin J. Dürst" wrote:
>What Julian wrote applies to the second half of 
>the sentence. There is an even worse problem 
>with the first part, in particular the word 
>"garbage". Telling people one replies to that 
>their name contains garbage isn't exactly 
>polite. Implying that most of the languages of 
>the world (including English if typeset 
>properly) contain garbage also isn't exactly a good idea.

It is difficult to get a sense of what people are 
actually trying to convey through written 
words.  The "To:" header in this message has a 
character which cannot be expressed in 7-bit 
US-ASCII.  My guess is that it can be traced back 
to Europe.  From the email address I'll guess 
that the recipient is from Japan.  I cannot guess 
the age of the recipient or his cultural 
background.  I can make an assumption about 
gender but that doesn't mean that it is a safe 
guess.  Now, let's assume that I do not agree 
with something a person said.  I could express 
that in a diplomatic way, assuming I have the 
skills to do so.  I could express it in a way 
which might not come out as exactly 
polite.  Effective expression also depends upon 
what the sender knows about the recipient and 
what the sender would like to to achieve.


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