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A new email thingy I don't get ...


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Ok, maybe I am the last person to figure these things out, which doesn't make sense given that I live and breathe much of my existence on the freakin' Internet.

 

Has anyone here noticed people adding "J" after they say something cute or funny in an email? And/or putting a "J" after their name at the end of the email?

 

Um, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! "Jokes?" That's what I thought at first, but in some emails that just wouldn't make any sense given that the person is not joking!

 

Someone let me in on what this is. (Yes, I only learned what "LOL" meant a few months ago from my sister. Then the lights turned on and I figured out the rest of them, until "J" came along ... "LOL"!!)

 

Karri

 

 

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I use Thunderbird and I get random J characters from people that use Outlook for some reason *shrug*

Yes, Outlook uses a capital J in the Wingdings (or one of its variants) font face for the smiley. You will see more than a few capital Js in web pages too. Since it's fundamentally a bad idea to alter the meaning of a character via a deprecated presentational attribute, Mozilla based browsers (Firefox, Netscape, Moz, SeaMonkey) also ignore Wingdings fonts in "standards mode."

 

A Wingdings/smiley bug was filed yesterday in Bugzilla; it should be marked as WONTFIX shortly. :)

 

HTH,

Carol

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Wow, I had no idea. So, basically all those "J"s are really just intended smiley faces? Here I was reading into it, thinking it was some new email cultural thing I was out of the loop on. Ha!

 

Too funny (I use Thunderbird too ... Outlook caused me to rip my hair out one too many times).

 

Karri

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