From: Andrew Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 01:38:55 CDT
2009/5/26 Damon Anderson <email@example.com>
> I'm late to this conversation but opened the html file below in:
> 1. Safari - boxes
> 2. IE 8 - boxes
> 3. Opera 9.x and 10 alpha - boxes
> 4. Chrome - boxes
> 5. Firefox - characters
> 6. OpenOffice - boxes
> I would have to say Firefox is the clear winner in this case. Something is
> definately better than nothing... and I hate Firefox.
although Tifinagh is a fairly straight forward case. Burmese would be more
interesting case. If a page doesn't reference particular fonts, Firefox will
select a font for you. But the question is which font does it select, how
does it determine appropriate fonts, and will the text actually be legible
with the chosen font.
E.g. you have a Bumrese webpage without font declarations, it is Unicode 5.1
text. You have the following fonts on your system: Myanmar1, Myanmar3 and
Zawgyi. Which will Firefox use? What are the chances that you can actually
read the page?
Browsers should allow users to set default fonts. But that isn't currently
possible in all scripts across most browsers (if any)..
-- Andrew Cunningham Vicnet Research and Development Coordinator State Library of Victoria Australia firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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