If I use non-latin characters to name a Jabber contact, then &#nnn; codes are shown instead of non-latin letters in chat windows' titles as well as in contact list.
Contact list may show correct (readable, non-encoded) name until restart.
Tested with cyrillic letters on Ubuntu 10.10 x86 en_GB, Empathy 2.32.1.
Ivan: do you mean non-latin characters in the contact's JID, or in their alias?
Either way, I guess you're using Empathy? I suspect this is an Empathy bug.
Yes this is strange bug and probably in empathy. I have lot's of accounts and some names are shown correctly while others look broken. Any ideas what and how to debug?
In my case this problem does not occur with GTalk but with jabber.org accounts.
From what I could make out, the non-Latin characters are correctly "seen" by Empathy, but then contacts_aliases_changed in telepathy-glib sends back a signal with the broken string, which eventually results in the wrong text being shown.