Here are the preliminary results of my investigation into Vietnamese characters for products on the Web site.
There is great variation in the way characters have been entered, resulting in a mixture of problems. It appears that if characters are entered correctly in UTF-8 (or 16), they display properly on the Web. Most of the characters that were not entered properly “disappear” (that is, they don’t show up in the text on the Web). I have not seen any yet that display bogus characters, but my investigation has not been exhaustive.
Most of the problems stem from incorrect data entry, which was done by a contractor in Vietnam some years ago. Backtracking to how they entered what they entered is not possible, nor would it be productive.
It appears that the characters in the PDFs associated with the products are correct.
Next steps are to determine who should correct the data and when. The problem affects less than 1% of the product pages.
I wish everyone a wonderful year in 2014. I hope your year end was safe, productive, relaxing and enjoyable.
I spent the time between Christmas and New Years Eve working on slowly but surely clearing out clutter and organizing the piles of things that, for whatever reason, I had not made the time to attend to before now. The result was at least three grocery bags full of paper stuff for the recycling bin, three large boxes of items for Goodwill, an organized master bedroom closet, a tremendous reduction in the number of mismatched socks, several empty drawers, and a lot of data being entered into the computer (where it belongs) instead of lingering on squibs of pape
As the Joomla site administrator, I adjusted settings for the Contact page on the web site to ban email addresses that have a subject line containing "=?utf-" and body text containing the phrase "http://www." and "@gmail". Hopefully this will defeat the bully who has been sending me a half a dozen self-serving junk emails messages per day. Though the email addresses and the body of each message are unique, they are all obviously machine generated.
Separate distinct criteria in the Joomla Banned Email, Banned Subject, and Banned Text fields using semi-colons: http://www; @gmail
UPDATE: Since making these changes to the Contact page settings, I have not received any more emails of the type shown above. I received approximately 75 of these nuisance messages between 22 Nov and 13 Dec.
As a long-time computer professional in various capacities, and especially as an instructional designer and educator, I was looking forward to the Hour of Code, a campaign to inspire large numbers of newbies to learn about what computer programming is about—and to try their hand at it.
The program kickoff is a short but very well-done video, featuring well-known tech gurus, such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerman, as well as some lesser known but appealing speakers—a basketball player, graphic designer. None reeks of geek, and women are well represented which is a breathy of fresh air.
When the Hour of Code finally arrived, another video introducing the program was released, like the others, short and well-done. I couldn't resist taking the next step, committing to an hour of code. This page lists the tutorials available; each is accompanied by set of educator's notes for teachers integrating the Hour of Code into their curriculum.
I took the first tutorial, Write your first computer program. It was well-worth (what turned out be less than) an hour just to see how the tutorial was designed and how it works from a learner's perspective. Very interactive, with short video clips introducing new concepts. The exercises were visually engaging, well-organized, and perfectly complemented the narrative. Feedback was immediate, telling you exactly how many lines of code you wrote as the hour progressed.