Re: Unicode and Encoding Problems in Browsers

From: Shlomi Tal (
Date: Fri Feb 07 2003 - 07:56:59 EST

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    I'd like to mention that this problem which Muhammad Asif brings forth is an
    extant one in my circle of work. I work as PC technician, and one complaint
    I often get in tech support calls is that the user is unable to type Hebrew
    in the Search box in the MSN Israel website ( under Windows XP. At
    the first time, I told the user to set the "Language for Non-Unicode
    Programs" (known as the System Locale in Windows 2000, which sets the
    emulated ANSI codepage), but it didn't help: the user still complained of
    seeing boxes instead of proper Hebrew letters. The encoding of is
    "Hebrew (Windows)".

    It doesn't happen under all machines. Mine at home runs XP too, but I don't
    have that problem. I suspect it's not related to Unicode/encodings stuff at
    all. The fact that it appears only under XP (and not 2000 or 98, for
    instance) leads me to believe it may have something to do with the Java VM
    (which is by default lacking in XP and updates browser components when

    I hope that is of some enlightenment.


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