From: Andrew Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Apr 12 2008 - 08:57:27 CDT
This whole discussion seems to be going around in circles.
If you have an OpenType, AAT or Graphite font with the appropriate
tables and been designed to handle the combining diacritic and base
character combination you're interested in
A font rendering/text layout system that supports this
An application that uses this font rendering/text layout system
then everything displays fine.
Generally, on Windows XPSP2, Windows Vista, and recent versions of
Linux support combining diacritics.
its usually a questions of either
1) the font a web developer has chosen to display a page with is not
2) in the absence of a specified font, the default browser font is
In either case the end user can remedy the situation.
Personally, having had to work with languages that need to use
combining diacritics (and stack combining diacritics) , i.e. no
precomposed characters available, I find the test page at
basically with the right tools and fonts on an OS that supports
combining diacritics things tend to go smoothly and display well.
-- Andrew Cunningham Vicnet Research and Development Coordinator State Library of Victoria Australia email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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