what kind of symbol is THIS??!!

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  1. Patrick_L

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    i replied to an email my friend sent to me and he got nothing but this: ÿ<
    what the heck is it?? i have Microsoft Express 5.
    thanks for any replies.
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  2. Bill Slack

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    It's a umlaut!
    [​IMG] (that really is what it's called...)
    If memory serves, it's NULL in some character set... which I suppose why it's all your friend got (e.g., nothing.)
    As to why it happened? I haven't a clue.
     
  3. James Nguyen

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    Or it could be the ASCII code for a character from a double byte language set. I.e. most Asiatic writing system.
    For the roman letters and arabic numbers, only a single byte of ASCII is require to represent each character. In other writing systems where there's a much larger array of characters (i.e. Chinese approx 10,000 or so ideographs, Japanese 3 writing systems including several thousand ideographs, Korean with approx 30 characters used to formulate thousands of possible characters) it's impossible to symbolize a character with a single byte. So, they're all double byte, meaning two (often meaningless looking if you're not using a foreign character set) characters make up the single "letter".
    Considering that's the only thing in the e-mail though, it was probably an error in transmission somehow [​IMG]
     
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    Looks like Prince changed his name again. [​IMG]
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    Joseph is right
     
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    Most likely it's a unicode character. IE and Outlook natively support unicode as opposed to MBCS.
     
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