Re: Transcriptions of "Unicode"

From: Erik van der Poel (
Date: Tue Dec 05 2000 - 01:25:26 EST

Mark Davis wrote:
> What wasn't clear from his message
> is whether Mozilla picks a reasonable font if the language is not there.

Sorry about the lack of clarity. When there is no LANG attribute in the
element (or in a parent element), Mozilla uses the document's charset as
a fallback. Mozilla has font preferences for each language group. The
language groups have been set up to have a one-to-one correspondence
with charsets (roughly). E.g. iso-8859-1 -> Western, shift_jis -> ja.
When the charset is a Unicode-based one (e.g. UTF-8), then Mozilla uses
the language group that contains the user's locale's language.

In other words, Mozilla does not (yet) use the Unicode character codes
to select fonts. We may do this in the future.


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