RE: Web browsers and the new language code for Hebrew

From: Murray Sargent (
Date: Mon Feb 10 1997 - 19:07:26 EST

But you do need a truly magical font if the only info you have is UTF-8
and you're trying to keep everyone happy. User customizable font
linking technology is hopefully good enough for such browsers, though it
won't satisfy people with more refined tastes. Proper language tags
would certainly help in displaying Chinese with a Chinese font and
Japanese with a Japanese font. Does anyone have a simple algorithm to
distinguish between Chinese and Japanese text? E.g., if there's no Kana
within n characters, then it's probably Chinese?


>-----Original Message-----
>From: unicode@Unicode.ORG [SMTP:unicode@Unicode.ORG]
>Sent: Monday, February 10, 1997 3:39 PM
>To: unicode@Unicode.ORG
>Subject: Re: Web browsers and the new language code for Hebrew
>@ 18:24 10-02-97 +0100, Koen Holtman a icrit :
>>Why do these browsers need a language code at all? Can't they just rely on
>>the charset value?
>Not when the charset is UTF-8, which is the case for
><>. But even there, the
>language code is not strictly necessary for display purposes only.
>Frangois Yergeau <>
>Alis Technologies Inc., Montrial
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