[Users] Strange characters displayed in email

Michael A. Yetto myetto1 at nycap.rr.com
Sat Feb 20 19:09:00 CET 2016

On Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:51:37 -0700
Charles Curley <charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:

>On Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:31:46 +0000
>Chris Hirst <claws-mail at fy3.co.uk> wrote:
>> Microsoft have ALWAYS been known for making their products
>> perfectly okay with the crappy code their other products
>> churn out, rather than fixing the problem at source, hence
>> Infernet Exploder would be 'happy' with 'webpages' created by
>> FrontPage, Word, Publisher or PowerPoint while other browsers
>> would 'choke' on their coding 'standards', Outlook 2007
>> onwards is no different, as it's HTML rendering engine is the
>> same one used by MS Word.
>Oh, it's worse than that, or at least it was when I worked at
>Microsoft just before 2000. There is one library that is used
>to interpret HTML, and one that is used to create it. all
>programs use one or the other. The same people wrote and
>maintain both. So if they, deliberately or inadvertently, veer
>away from the standard, they will never know it.
>The right way to do it is to have one group write each one, and
>for each to insist on the other adhering to the standards. But
>Microsoft's management wouldn't do that then.
>See ESR on the Cathedral and the Bazaar.

Leaving Microsoft in a place where they must create a new
browser because the old one can't be fixed. I am in a position
of having to fix HTML and JavaScript that worked just fine on
IE 6 for years, but now must work on IE 10+, Firefox, Chrome and
whatever other tablet, phone, car dashboard or toaster someone
else tries it on.

Yes, it could have been avoided. No, the posers that be didn't
even try.

Mike Yetto

"Skepticism is not a position; skepticism is an approach to
claims, in the same way that science is not a subject but a
 - Michael Shermer

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