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I keep getting this character in emails from a particular person:

…

I couldn't find any reference to it by Google. Does anyone know what it means?

Thanks.
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by:Bob Learned
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Those look like unicode characters:

â = U+00E2
€ = U+20AC
¦ = U+00A6

Unicode characters are encoded at double-byte (i.e. 00 and E2).  When there are bytes present in that order (00E220AC00A6), and your system is recognizing unicode characters, then it will show that way in your email.
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by:gmartindale
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Thanks for the quick response, but I believe that it must translate into a single character. For instance, in the same email, ’ equals ' -- as in what's (or what’s, as it appeared in the email). I'm thinking that … may be something like a dash or colon.

Thanks again.
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by:Bob Learned
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It might look like it could be a single quote, but the byte sequence won't let it be that character.  Where is this email coming from?
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by:gmartindale
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It's from a local -- elemenatary school chess teacher -- source. I suspect that it is being written in one application, copied and pasted into the email app, then blasted to the students.
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by:johnb6767
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An y chance they have some language packs installed on this system?
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by:gmartindale
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It's possible ... don't know for sure.
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Outlook processes Unicode characters, so when it sees a particular byte sequence that represents Unicode, then that is how it is presented to you.  You will have to go to the source to be sure what it is supposed to be.
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by:gmartindale
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Okay. Thanks to the both of you.
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by:Kumaraswamy R
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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