Re: [increasingly OT--but it's Saturday night] Re: Unicode HTML, download

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Nov 21 2004 - 02:06:31 CST

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    E. Keown <k underscore isoetc at yahoo dot com> wrote:

    > What's the point, really, of going far beyond, even
    > beyond CSS, into XHTML, where few computational
    > Hebraists have gone before?
    > Sorry, but I think this stuff is the least interesting
    > thing one can do on a computer....(no offense). Well,
    > COBOL was my worst experience so far...

    You are right. There shouldn't be any need to resort to fancy tricks,
    or even XHTML (which is by no means fancy), just to display Hebrew
    properly on a variety of browsers. That was your original question.

    I think the most important thing, if you want to ensure correct
    operation on as many platforms as possible, is to validate your HTML
    using the W3C Markup Validation Service:

    That will keep you from accidentally using browser-specific tricks and
    ensure that your HTML is clean. Most browsers will behave correctly
    when handed clean HTML.

    Beyond that, you might want to specify a font family using CSS (doesn't
    have to be in a separate CSS file, either) to improve the odds that the
    reader will see Hebrew instead of hollow boxes, but this is optional.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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