Re: How the regional Online- News papers are able to display all the characters

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 14:59:32 EDT

Sreedhar.M had written:
> I would like to know how the regional news paper websites
> are able to display all the characters through webbrowser without
> asking the user to download any new fonts.


> You can just visit the following site and send me Your comments
> regarding my questions.
> <>

John Hudson wrote:
> This technology only works in Netscape Navigator,

...and not even in this program, in every case.

The attached Image shows the garbage my Netscape 6.2 displays from that
(Note: If have habitually disabled JavaScript.)

> In Opera, the text on the website you cited looks like garbage.

> For Internet Explorer, the makers of this website have provided an .eot
> file (Embedded OpenType).


> However, this site does not appear to be using Unicode encoded text,
> which means they are using an 8-bit font hack with a custom character
> set. This means that the text on the site can only be viewed using the
> .pfr and .eot resources provided. It cannot be copied or pasted into
> another application or viewed with a Unicode Sinhalese font.

... and it will not be understood by indexing-programs, search machines
and their ilk.

Best wishes,
    Otto Stolz


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