Random behaviour with Netscape/IE 5.0 for UTF8 support....Help!

From: thejokrishna (thejokrishna@infy.com)
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 01:24:59 EST

Hi all,
        I am relatively new to this list and hence this might be a FAQ. But
i could'nt find a valid answer to my problem.

        My System architecture:
        1: A Web application, written using WebObjects 4.5 and Java (
JDK 1.1.6) on Mac OS X server
        2: Oracle 8i DB
        3: Browsers-- Netscape 4.7 and IE 5.0 for the Macintosh
        4: The approporiate language kits have been installed, on Mac
OS 9.
                I am entering Japanese chars to start with and my font
settings for the UTF-8 charset is Osaka.

        I have found very vague behaviour with
                Netscape 4.7 ( for the Macintosh)
        1: I enter an Unicode character in a text box and submit the
                I see that it is properly encoded (in UTF8) and stored in
the DB.
                I also notice that in my application the correct Unicode
character has been retrieved from the DB.
                But Sometimes, very strangely, junk characters appear in the
textbox .
                How is it possible that the browser displays the character
correctly and then again does'nt?
        2: IE 5.0 for the Macintosh:-
                Here, I never got to see the correct Unicode character in a
TEXTBOX ( input type=text....).
                I always see question marks (????) !!
                I can see the same if it is outside a textbox. So the
correct value is being sent to the
                browser but it is not able to render it correctly in a
                Has anyone faced this before?
        3: Where can I obtain info regarding the UTF8 compatibilty of
various browsers?
                i.e How efficient they are in handling Unicode characters?

Thanks in Advance!

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