Re: Unicode on a non-Unicode web page

From: James Kass (
Date: Fri Sep 08 2000 - 06:26:12 EDT

Alan Wood wrote:

> > John Cowan wrote:
> >
> > Versions of Netscape before 4.7 had this bug: character references
> > greater than ÿ only worked if the transmission character set
> > was UTF-8.
> This bug is still present in the Windows version of Netscape 4.75.
> Use Edit, Preferences, Fonts to make both Western and Unicode encoding use
> Times New Roman and then look at:
> Now use View, Character Set to switch between Western (ISO-8859-1) and
> Unicode (UTF-8). With Western, most characters above 255 display as
> question marks, but with Unicode they all appear correctly.

The good news is Netscape 6 (Preview 2) displays the
page at the link above correctly, decimal NCR's with
no UTF-8 tag needed.

I'm surprised at the mis-matched fonts which the browser
selected to display the page though. One example is that the
Latin lower case "a" letters with acute and grave looked like
alphas while the Latin lower case "a" letters with circumflex
and umlaut looked like "a"s.

Best regards,

James Kass.

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