RE: unicode Digest V2 #167

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Jul 04 2002 - 16:38:09 EDT

At 20:58 +0200 2002-07-04, Michael Jansson wrote:
> > Michael Everson wrote:
>> There was a Hawai'ian version of Netscape 4. Anyway all Hawai'ians
>> have to do is make their web pages with UTF-8 using the characters
>> they need.
>No they can't. Anyone using a modern browser on a modern OS would *still*
>not be able to read Hawaiians text, because they may not have a Hawaiian
>font. To support such a (simple) language on the web, you need web fonts.

Hawai'ian text appears just fine in OS X with OmniWeb. If it doesn't
appear in other browsers, it's the browsers' fault. Yes, you need
fonts for display. But modern browsers accept UTF-8 characters even
if the fonts aren't up to snuff. Unless they are non-compliant.

Michael Everson *** Everson Typography ***

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