From: Otto Stolz (Otto.Stolz@uni-konstanz.de)
Date: Fri Apr 04 2008 - 03:03:21 CST
Hello Andreas Prilop,
you have written:
> From a *practical* point of view, combining diacritical marks
> don't yet work well in current programs - at least for the
> Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic scripts. Test your browser(s) here:
In this case, it’s a matter of fonts rather than programs.
Try several fonts, including TITUS Cyberbit Basic
and some of the SIL fonts
to see various degrees of standards compliance.
> Whenever a precomposed letter exists, use that one.
This is still a good advice for HTML authors. However, the reader
will sometimes see the precomposed letter from a different font
than the surrounding text (if the character is not available in the
current font, some browsers will try a different font for that very
> But even "normal" Latin-1 characters in the header (Subject)
> will lead ultimately to results like this:
This is clearly a bug in the Google Groups software.
> Use only ASCII characters in the Subject.
I’d rather say: Use standard-complying e-mail software,
e. g. Imp <http://www.horde.org/imp/>.
> For a surprise, view
> with Internet Explorer 6 (six).
What sort of surprise do you mean?
Again, the outcome depends on the font used (tested with IE 6 SP2).
To mention only a few:
- Times New Roman, Verdana, and the various Lucidas,
have rectangles (missing-character glyphs), rather than ties;
- Palatino Linotype, and Sylfaen, have invisible glyphs,
rather than ties;
- Tahoma displays ties, but not properly placed;
- TITUS Cyberbit Basic displays most of the ties alright,
only on “iz”, “jz”, “lz”, and “mz” the ties are not properly placed;
- Gentium (from SIL) does an even better job than TITUS Cyberbit Basic;
- all fonts tested have no special glyphs for uppercase base characters.
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