interactive help on the base object

rusi rustompmody at
Mon Dec 9 05:46:35 CET 2013

Thanks for the info.

On Monday, December 9, 2013 9:46:30 AM UTC+5:30, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:58:09 -0800, rusi wrote:

> > PS Can some kind soul inform me whether I could convince GG to unicode
> > my post?

> Does GG not give you some way of inspecting the post's full headers?

Well I spent half hour looking around -- both inside GG and of course
searching before asking.

> Anyway, here you go:

> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

> Your plan succeeded.

> Personally, I wouldn't stress too much about this. While it would be 
> nice, and desirable, for GG to always use UTF-8 instead of picking a 
> different encoding based on the phase of the moon, the main thing is that 
> it picks a valid encoding. So far I see no reason to accuse GG of using 
> an invalid encoding. Valid but legacy encodings are better than 
> mojibake :-)

Heh! I'm hardly a heavy-duty user of unicode -- just keeping track of bugs 
and workarounds. I am of course using 'bug' in a wide pragmatic sense of
preventing communication.

Mojibake is a technical problem.
Non (human) communication is a more fundamental problem.
Keeping an eye on the latter is (for me) a bigger issue than the former.

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