Thank you for your patience with the various forum problems experienced over the last several weeks. At this point in time, most have been addressed, many resolved and others are still works in progress.
Foreign alphabetic characters and punctuation:
The new version of the forum supports Asian and Cyrillic fonts and they should render correctly in any current/future posts. The characters that were corrupted in all pre-upgrade posts are being manually recoded.
Thus far, all pre-March 2015 posts containing Asian characters have been recoded to render properly.
Cyrillic rendering problems have been corrected as far back as Sept. 2012 and the work is ongoing to correct the balance.
There is no doubt that I have missed some posts that will need correction. Please feel free to send me a PM with the url of any message that I have missed and I will be happy to recode it. (this applies to all Asian character problems, any Cyrillic problems after Oct.2012, and any Arabic, Urdu, etc.. from any time - punctuation alone is not being addressed at this time)
Main website French section rendering on smartphones:
Sorry, I've not been able to recreate your issue, the French makers' section, as well as the rest of the site, renders completely on both of the smartphones I have access to. However, it is somewhat slow, initially just 4 or 5 listings, but the page fills out after a couple of seconds. Unfortunately, our website structure is old an outdated, the code was originally written for desktop use in the pre-smartphone era. We hope to have the main site rebuilt, later this year, to behave more responsively on smartphones and tablets.
Forum on smartphones:
Apologies for the delay in fixing the half-page issue, I'd thought it resolved 3 weeks ago and did not realize further file editing was needed until your mention in this post. It should now be rendering full screen, but it may take a couple of days before the corrected version is updated in your device cache. If it continues beyond that please let me know.
Must admit that I preferred the old version where the forum rendered the same on a phone as it did on a desktop, however, the upgrade was needed to stay compliant with google guidelines and to do so we had to take the phpBB software as is, lock, stock & barrel. Hopefully it will grow more comfortable with time.