Plant Database forum: ? character/symbol in database

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2018 6:09 PM CST
Found a couple of errors under Propagation: Seeds ... instead of the degree º symbol, it's showing a question mark.
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It should read 73ºF instead of 73?F
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 6, 2018 7:09 PM CST

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Our system doesn't really like the degree symbol. It's best to spell out "degrees."
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2018 7:17 PM CST
Smiling I've entered the degree symbol at times and I didn't realize there was a problem with the system recognizing it ... I just figured in these instances it was something to do with the computer of the member who entered the data.

I'll have to remind myself to spell it out from now on.





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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 6, 2018 7:22 PM CST

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Some of the symbols are okay on some computers. "Smart" keys always read as odd characters in our system. When I was producing camera--ready copy for the government, I had to turn off all of the smart keys.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2018 7:26 PM CST
zuzu, I'm not even sure what "Smart" keys are. I've been saying for a few years now that I'm not smart enough for my smart phone and I tell my husband that I'm going to go buy myself another flip phone. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 6, 2018 7:28 PM CST

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I don't even have a flip phone yet. Rolling on the floor laughing I'm talking strictly about smart keys on computers.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2018 7:44 PM CST
LOL, I had little flip phones for years ... then my techie husband decided to get us the so-called "smart phones" when they first came out. I don't use a mobile phone very often, half the time I forget to take it with me when I go somewhere. I have a heck of a time swiping the screen on my smart phone to answer a call ... I always seem to disconnect and have to call them back. Hubby told me that I just needed to use the phone for awhile and play around with it and that I'd figure it out.

Well ... a few years ago my best friend and I flew out to Waco Texas to go to the grand opening of the Silo's (from the HGTV show, "Fixer Upper"). Our return flight to Dallas was delayed and then the flight from Dallas to Orlando was delayed so while my friend got some work done on her laptop, I decided to play around and learn stuff about my phone. I managed to get to my Facebook Page successfully and posted a photo I'd taken but evidently while clicking buttons and looking at settings and other stuff, I opened a bunch of Apps. Blinking When our bill came in the next month, there were tons of charges for music and other apps that I had apparently opened but I have no clue about how I did it. My husband called our service provider and talked to someone and probably explained that his wife was old and blonde ... luckily they didn't make me pay for all that stuff. Green Grin!

I had all of the "special" stuff taken off my phone; no internet, no Apps, no texting (which I don't really understand anyway!) I still have the danged smart phone and still can't seem to swipe the screen to answer a call. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


Smart Keys on computers??? I wonder if my laptop has smart keys.
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Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Australis
Apr 6, 2018 8:37 PM CST

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For those interested in a more technical explanation...

Generally if the character is part of the basic ASCII character set (http://asciiset.com/ - the first table contains the base character set and the right three columns are the printable/visible characters), it should be okay. If it's not, though, things can get messed up due to the many different character sets in use across the world.
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