Correction - I got my browsers the wrong way round. Internet Explorer did
pick up the correct local font, Netscape Communicator did not.
Apologies to the IE team.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Greenwood [mailto:greenwood@OpenMarket.COM]
> Sent: Friday, February 05, 1999 3:03 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: RE: UTF-8 in web pages
> The modern browsers all support UTF-8, the problem is more with font
> mappings. You can explicitly map UTF-8 to a font. This font may
> support some
> reasonable subset of Unicode characters e.g. Lucida sans Unicode,
> Cyberbit or it may support a more limited set of scripts e.g. Times Roman,
> MS Gothic.
> The majority of users will not do this mapping. It is thus of
> great interest
> to see the default that the browsers pick. When I last looked (which was a
> while ago) on a Japanese system Netscape Communicator reasonably picked a
> Japanese font, but Internet Explorer chose Courier, thus showing all
> Japanese text illegibly. Because of this I chose to not display
> web pages in
> UTF-8, but to have our software convert back to a native encoding first.
> Tim Greenwood
> Open Market Inc.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Friday, February 05, 1999 1:47 PM
> > To: Unicode List
> > Subject: Re: UTF-8 in web pages
> > current versions of internet explorer, netscape, and lynx all support
> > unicode encodings.
> > unicode is _the_ html character set since version 3.2, i.e., all unicode
> > characters are supported by html. for example, (hexa)decimal numbers in
> > character entities are resolved as unicode code points.
> > the default charset is still iso 8859-1 - which is a subset of unicode,
> > code-point-wise.
> > i guess you know
> > <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" Content="text/html;
> > charset=utf-8">
> > the xml standard requires that clients are able to handle utf-8
> > and utf-16.
> > best regards,
> > markus
> > Markus Scherer IBM RTP +1 919 486 1135 Dept. Fax +1 919 254 6430
> > email@example.com
> > Unicode is here! --> http://www.unicode.org/
> > "John O'Conner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 99-02-05 12:15:33
> > To: Unicode List <email@example.com>
> > Subject: UTF-8 in web pages
> > I have a client that has a requirement to support several
> > languages on their website and e-commerce store. I want to
> > help them manage the storage of information and dynamic web
> > pages by suggesting a common character set for all
> > languages...Unicode.
> > It seems like a no-brainer to select Unicode for my database
> > character set because of their multi-language needs.
> > However, I'm concerned about Unicode in web pages. I have
> > browsed several UTF-8 pages with success, but I notice that
> > the industry hasn't really picked up on UTF-8 as an HTML
> > content encoding. Do any of you have any success/failure
> > stories that you can share? How comfortable would you be
> > recommending UTF-8 for HTML content. Oh, here's one more
> > piece of information...the customer has traditionally used
> > Big 5 for all their encoding needs. Actually...they've used
> > an extension for their special chars in Hong Kong that don't
> > seem to be available in Big 5.
> > Regards,
> > John O'Conner
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