Support UTF-8 character set
i.e. being able to type in another non-latin language
You're website does not seem to support Unicode. Any plans to do so?
Allow UTF-8 , so other langauge speakers can write in your system , currently your system doesn't support Arabic langauge.
I am an assistant organiser for Russian speakers Meetup groups in London UK.
We have members from all over the world who like to learn, polish their Russian for educational, professional or socialising reasons. The problem we facing with the Meetup site haven’t got the tools to communicate in Cyrillic.
It will enhance our agenda
I suggest to introduce Cyrillic feature. .
Currently meetup unnecessarily replaces various characters with question marks (?) for no good reason. It should simply allow all Unicode characters. That’s what they’re for.
and then the map feature doesn't work because the place name in my meetup is messed up
You still do not support unicode in event names and descriptions!
I can't see Romanian special chars.
Guys, it's 2011, most global sites have sorted this out years ago.
I have problem with character encoding - whenever entering diacritical chars they are displayed ok at the moment of writing, but when processed by meetup.com - are changed to "?". Both on the web and in email confirmations.
please we need arabic support to post meetup, comment or add details in arabic for my arabic users, every-time i changing the browser encoding to arabic in order to be able to read the text ( which i never change anything with any other arabic supported websites), but users might close the page once they see unknown characters and words
Please make in sort that accents in some language show correctly, that's a must for an international application. International doesn't mean one language only ! Thanks !
For example in the link below in the last line of the first idea, "artist's" displays as "artistâ€™s". In the second idea, "Café" displays as "CafÃ©". I'm not even sure the correct versions of those words I just typed will display correctly there :P
Meetup does not support Cyrillic. It does not allow to flourish in Russia and CIS where Meetup could have 60+ M additional users...
I am organizing a meetup in Moscow - and struggling with it.
How about changing settings and starting to support Cyrillic?
I know it does not take any time at all - and it does not have drawbacks as well.
I could even offer a developer who can advise on this issue.
Russian-speaking meetupers, please vote! :-)
Does what it says on the bottle. We need unicode capability in the pages other than forum!
Apparently you convert Chinese characters to HTML entities, that don't display properly. Just leave them in UTF8 (unicode)! This is not new technology anymore; it's pretty standard.
Please support Korean language fonts.
As of this weekend, Meetup is now supporting UTF-8!
Tisza Gergő commented
Non-ASCII characters in the meetup titles in the "You're confirmed for" emails still do not work.
T. Kuro Kurosaka commented
Good job! ありがとう!
Thank you Matt! And thank you Meetup! It works!!!
No more funky accent marks! Congratulations.
Alex Bolenok commented
The biggest problem with lack of Unicode support is that you just cannot organize a meetup if your browser's Accept-Language is set to a non-Latin alphabet language. For us Russians, Google returns names in Cyrillic.
Here's what happens when I'm trying to set up a place:
1. Set Accept-Language: ru in your browser
2. Enter the place name into the location text box: "Moscow, Red Square" (in English)
3. Observe the first Google suggestion for that place: Красная пл., Москва, RU
4. Select the suggestion and click Save
5. Observe the name changed into ??????? ??., ??????, RU
6. Click on Map
7. Observe the place suggested in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Unless there is a Latin-only name for your place which Google can unequivocally understand, you just cannot assign a meetup on this place, period. This is not some kind of inconvenience, this is a major showstopper for international users.
That's ridiculous that it was not developed initially.
Vitaliy Vityuk commented
+3 votes. It's disgust that the service doesn't support cyrillic. Look at this meetups, which made with cyrillic! There are only "???????????????" when u try to write smthn in cyrillic.
@Matt, Meetup: Thank you for starting work on this issue -and appreciate all updates! Super helpful! Please let us know of any planned downtime to enable deployment. Can't wait!!
Fredrik Wendt commented
The biggest problem is really when addresses that contain non-ASCII characters gets garbeled and people fail to show up cause they can't read the address of the venue of a meeting.
The meetup android app (and the web of course) as an example fails here, which is really limiting to the usefulness of meetup.com as a tool aiding the idea of people finding each other and helping them to get together.
FINALLY!!!!! We need Russian language for example, I found 7 problems about it. We've got 5M people in Russian facebook section allready!
good idea to organize.
right. we have a meetup group for many years, many years waiting for russian localization..
finally they started working on Unicode support http://meetup.uservoice.com/forums/37079-ideas-and-suggestions-for-meetup/suggestions/1082271-support-utf-8-character-set
Matt Whyndham commented
UTF-8 aka Unicode (look it up on WP if you're unfamiliar with it) is the character set technology that is needed to support languages other than English. As it happens, there are a lot of users who live in non-English places or who write in languages other than English, so the requirement to support them is a fairly obvious one. Even if Meetup users are using English, many of them still need to use various symbols, accents, and other things not found in the standard 26 letters.
English is the univerisal language taught in most countries. What's wrong with English? BTW, no one has define what UTF-8 is in this subject of this suggestion which would help emensely. Thanks.
Best Valentine's gift ever, Matt, thanks for the update!!!
Fredrik Björeman commented
Same here, I'm as surprised by the fact that this problem even exists as I am that it isn't getting more votes.
If it's used worldwide, then it should speak a few other languages and behave as a proper global citizen!
utf? would someone define that for me. i dont speak Tech -ese.... thanks,
We really need it. There is a great demand for meetup service in Russia. You can literally get millions of new users, but as for now we can't use Russian language (at least our alphabet) here. :(
Put the appropriate accents on French words so that French people can understand them.