Although I enjoy using GAIM, it has
several issues - most notably a very poor UI experience, which is being worked
on in the 2.0 betas (which are perfectly usable, by the way). The second most
obvious problem I've been having is to get GAIM to receive Hebrew messages from
buddies on ICQ. This issue can be easily fixed by accessing the ICQ account
properties and changing the Encoding field:
The default encoding is ISO Western (ISO-8859-1); to get Hebrew properly just
disable the account, change the encoding to Windows
Hebrew (Windows-1255) and re-enable it. Although not technically correct,
ISO Visual Hebrew (ISO-8859-8) seems to work too.
I'm not sure if the Western encoding is indeed the default - I've been
importing my account settings since GAIM 1.3 or so - but I'll look into it and
file the appropriate bug report (encoding should be set to what is appropriate
according to the current locale, at least in Windows).