Re: pb with implementation of greek characters

From: Markus Kuhn (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 09:37:23 EST

"Thierry COURGEON" wrote on 2000-03-10 14:04 UTC:
> I try to mix greek characters, in HTML text areas, to latin characters.

Lynx 2.8 and Internet Explorer 5 handle both decimal and hexadecimal
numeric character references (NCRs) perfectly well. Only Netscape 4.x
understands only decimal numeric character references at the moment,
which is another reasons to use Mozilla instead of Netscape 4.

If you want to use a Greek small letter alpha in a HTML page, then
simply write α and leave it in the reader's responsibility to use
a web browser that implements HTML 4.0 and to have appropriate fonts

HTML authors should follow the HTML standard, and not what certain old
browsers make out of it.

A test page that helps you to find out, whether the CP1252 repertoire is
supported by your web browser in both decimal and hexadecimal NCRs is


Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
Email: mkuhn at,  WWW: <>

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