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I get strange characters on my screen, what are they ?

IRC has quite a lot of people from Scandinavian countries, {}|[]\ are letters in their alphabetgif. This has been explained on IRC about a thousand and one times, so read the following, do not ask it on IRC ...

Table: Nordic countries character translations   

In addition to that, Japanese IRC 'ers use special ANSI escape control sequences to transmit characters of their Kanji alphabet. This may also look funny if you get some of it... Here's a sample: `` [$B$?$K$7[$B$;$m$K#[$B$_$B'' (nice, uh ?)

Nikos Drakos
Thu Jan 12 11:58:54 GMT 1995