what language is this? (in Off-topic)


Hyrule Castle October 20 2007 2:23 AM EDT

Откраднати са: 85 метал, 82 кристали, 154 газ.

Lochnivar October 20 2007 2:24 AM EDT

Russian?

un5een October 20 2007 2:28 AM EDT

its not a language its just characters from ascii code. exp hold alt and press random numbers on the numberpad.

[P]Mitt October 20 2007 2:38 AM EDT

Bulgarian, I think.

Iluvatar[NK] October 20 2007 2:41 AM EDT

It is indeed Bulgarian.

Maelstrom October 20 2007 2:51 AM EDT

Uh, Fortran? That's a GOTO 85, right? ;)

Seriously though, if you have no knowledge of Slavic languages, is it possible to distinguish between Russian and Bulgarian?

bartjan October 20 2007 2:53 AM EDT

If it were Bulgarian, the text would be in Cyrillic. But what I see here is random character data with no encoding specified.

Iluvatar[NK] October 20 2007 3:24 AM EDT

I see Cyrillic :P

Maelstrom October 20 2007 3:43 AM EDT

OK, now I see what bartjan is talking about. I see the Cyrillic characters too. I thought bartjan was saying that just because there are Cyrillic characters, it doesn't mean that it is language. But I guess some people just see the Unicode codes?

bartjan October 20 2007 4:21 AM EDT


Doesn't look like Cyrillic to me ;)

Flamey October 20 2007 4:34 AM EDT

That's what I basically see.

Maelstrom October 20 2007 4:39 AM EDT

I see this:

My character encoding in Firefox is set to Unicode (UTF-8).

Flamey October 20 2007 4:52 AM EDT

Otkradnati sa: 85 metal, 82 krictali, 154 gaz.

From what Maelstrom showed, I recognized all those characters, all of them are in the Macedonian alphabet, but it still could be Russian or Bulgarian.

All I understand is metal and crystal, but I doubt it's to do with that.

Flamey October 20 2007 4:53 AM EDT

Sorry, I forgot to mention, those letters should be the letters I showed, but in English. Even if it wasn't Macedonian they share a lot of letters, those eastern European countries.

un5een October 20 2007 7:00 AM EDT

Откраднати са: 85 метал, 82 кристали, 154 газ.

That's what it shows on my screen

krasko October 20 2007 1:17 PM EDT

Its bulgarian and its saying:
Have been stoled :50 metal ,50 gas and 50 crystals
Where did u saw this?In online web based game?

Hyrule Castle October 20 2007 2:34 PM EDT

if you are runnin IE you see what bartjan showed...however if you are running FF, you get what maelstrom showed...

and i did some reasearch and it is indeed bulgarian

it translated to... they have taken 85 metal, 82 crystals, and 154 gas.....

so Flamey you were right when you seen crystals and metal :P

thanks for all those who posted :)

bartjan October 20 2007 2:40 PM EDT

I'm using FireFox...

BluBBen October 20 2007 3:00 PM EDT

I'm using firefox and I'm seeing the same thing as bart.

SNK3R October 20 2007 3:52 PM EDT

Using the character encoding > Unicode (UTF -8) shows you the Bulgarian/Russian text. Any other encoding (except Chinese, etc.) shows you the random ASCII characters (i.e., what Bart and friends are seeing).

Hyrule Castle October 20 2007 4:19 PM EDT

well at home with my FF i saw the bulgarian text, but now that im at my cousins using IE, i see the ascii text...

so i guess what snk said :P

Lochnivar October 20 2007 4:34 PM EDT

cool... at home it is 'readable' and at work it is gibberish.

Conclusion: nothing at my job really makes sense!

Maelstrom October 20 2007 6:49 PM EDT

It would depend on the character sets that you have installed on your computer, and the character encoding used in your browser.

The question is, why wouldn't you be using Unicode encoding? That should be the default (at least in Firefox) and unless I'm mistaken, it is the standard encoding format for the Internet.

AdminNightStrike October 20 2007 6:53 PM EDT

"Western ISO-8859-1" is the default encoding when Locale is correctly determined during a FF install (assuming that fits your locale.. obviously)

[RX3]Cotillion October 20 2007 9:27 PM EDT

I'm always getting weird symbols when someone types something with an apostrophe in it. Well, not always, but a lot of the time. How do I set up this Unicode thing? or how can I fix that?

bartjan October 21 2007 2:36 AM EDT

Maelstrom: it's the server's responsibility to specify a correct character set, not your browser's. Right now, no character set is specified, so everyone takes a wild guess.

Red: I believe that's a Microsoft thing, something about "smart" apostrophes. The problem lies with the person typing those apostrophes, not with you viewing it.
This thread is closed to new posts. However, you are welcome to reference it from a new thread; link this with the html <a href="/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=002FgF">what language is this?</a>