Describe the missing feature that would help you make the most of Meetup

Support UTF-8 character set

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    Anonymous shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    aaronaaron shared a merged idea: allow for chinese language support  ·   · 
    Tatyana NelsonTatyana Nelson shared a merged idea: Could you, please, add cyrillic capabilities? I got a Russian speaking group and it's a pain since all Russian is showing up as code  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Support Unicode for Japanese and Chinese language!  ·   · 
    WestyWesty shared a merged idea: I tried to post a message in Japanese on a Japanese language meetup, but apparently Japanese language is not supported. It should be.  ·   · 
    Taher AlbloweTaher Alblowe shared a merged idea: Allow UTF-8, support other langauges  ·   · 
    IgorIgor shared a merged idea: introduce Cyrillic feature. .  ·   · 
    TimwiTimwi shared a merged idea: Allow any character to be typed in RSVPs  ·   · 
    kitonlovekitonlove shared a merged idea: fix your default characters... I enter "Montréal" and get "Montréal, QC"  ·   · 
    Gary LGary L shared a merged idea: We NEED unicode support on meetup events. We want to be able to describe our events in Russian  ·   · 
    RadooRadoo shared a merged idea: change the charset to UTF-8, in your DB, or something.  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Fix the event detail interface so that it supports Japanese characters.  ·   · 
    Dominik WDominik W shared a merged idea: Support Unicode or non-Latin-1 chars  ·   · 
    George StanbouliehGeorge Stanboulieh shared a merged idea: please we need arabic support to post meetup, comment or add details in arabic form my arabic users  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: (For non-native english speakers) please make in sort that accents in some languages show correctly!  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Change the site so that we can write in other languages, specifically, Japanese. 日本語。  ·   · 
    TeddyTeddy shared a merged idea: Make it so special characters and apostrophes display correctly  ·   · 
    KinoKino shared a merged idea: allow Japanese font (and characters) to display properly!  ·   · 
    AnastasiaAnastasia shared a merged idea: cyrillic  ·   · 
    buzdinbuzdin shared a merged idea: Unicode support for Facebook imported Contact Names. The same goes for messages sent to mail.  ·   · 
    KalashnikovaKalashnikova shared a merged idea: Add unicode capability on the main page  ·   · 
    MarkMark shared a merged idea: Please fix Chinese character display (just use unicode, don't convert to entities)  ·   · 
    alohahandsalohahands shared a merged idea: request Korean character font support !!!!! 감사합니다!  ·   · 
    TatianaTatiana shared a merged idea: Need the Russian alphabet! It's hard to promote "Russian Conversation meetup group" in English  ·   · 

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      • Tisza GergőTisza Gergő commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Non-ASCII characters in the meetup titles in the "You're confirmed for" emails still do not work.

      • Alex BolenokAlex Bolenok commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Vitaliy VityukVitaliy Vityuk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +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.

      • JessicaJessica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @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 WendtFredrik Wendt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • mariamaria commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        FINALLY!!!!! We need Russian language for example, I found 7 problems about it. We've got 5M people in Russian facebook section allready!
        Thanks!

      • Matt WhyndhamMatt Whyndham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • "J.R.""J.R." commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If it's used worldwide, then it should speak a few other languages and behave as a proper global citizen!

      • AtHAtH commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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. :(

      • ElizabethElizabeth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Put the appropriate accents on French words so that French people can understand them.

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