Evolving Thoughts

Neither does “diairesis”

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  1. #1 efrique
    August 25, 2008



  2. #2 Bob O'H
    August 25, 2008

    I’m a big fan of abbrev.

  3. #3 jeff
    August 25, 2008

    Yes I did worry too much about that question (among others), but then I realized that the word “vowel” does indeed have vowels, so at least some self-referential order is restored in the universe. Why separate form and substance if you don’t have to?

  4. #4 Thony C.
    August 25, 2008

    Fucking brilliant!

  5. #5 HP
    August 25, 2008

    Hold on — I thought of one: haček contains a haček!

    (It works on preview. Of course, with ScienceBlogs horrible Unicode support, you’ll probably just see some ASCII junk when I hit Post.)

  6. #6 John S. Wilkins
    August 25, 2008

    Which is why you should use the HTML codes: háček… bugger!

  7. #7 Thony C.
    August 25, 2008

    Fücking brilliänt!

  8. #8 Thony C.
    August 25, 2008

    The above was written using HTML tags that don’t work on your crüddy website!

  9. #9 Lassi Hippelinen
    August 25, 2008

    A simple trick will make sure that UTF-8 gets through: do not ever use the preview window.

    There are sometimes spelling errors in my comments, because I can’t use the preview for proofreading. The glorious umlaut in my name would get borked.

  10. #10 J-d23
    August 25, 2008

    And why aren’t all occurrences of the word “red” not red? And why do I see no websites that show every occurrence of the word “big” in font size=+8? And so on.

  11. #11 John Monfries
    August 25, 2008

    Since we’re being pedantic – we weren’t? well so what? – I am sure diaerisis is the correct spelling.

    Now, on the thread subject, what about humans? – eg there was a minister in the New South Wales government called Aquilina with an aquiline nose; our esteemed Vice-Chancellor here at ANU is called Chubb and has a chubby face.

    Questions for serious consideration – was Albert Schweitzer in fact Swiss? Was Ike Eisenhower from an ironworking family? Did either Roosevelt own a field of roses? (Did Margaret Thatcher teach Sir Geoffrey Howe? Sorry – couldn’t resist it.)

    The people want to know.

    Alas, our Prime Minister Rudd is not especially ruddy-featured.

  12. #12 John S. Wilkins
    August 26, 2008

    I am sure diaerisis is the correct spelling

    Not in Greek, so there.

  13. #13 Owlmirror
    August 31, 2008

    Hm. Fiddling with HTML entities…




  14. #14 Owlmirror
    August 31, 2008



    HTML Entities used:


    háček? (NB: This uses the Unicode character LATIN SMALL LETTER C WITH CARON’ (U+010D))

    háček? (NB: This uses Unicode character LATIN SMALL LETTER C (U+0063) COMBINING CARON (U+030C))

    Reference used:


  15. #15 Owlmirror
    August 31, 2008


    The server headers do not appear to include a character set specification.

    The header of this page includes:

    <meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=iso-8859-1” />

    Isn’t that something you can directly configure to be UTF-8 on your end?

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