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Gary
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      07-24-2006
Hello,

If any designers have had experience with foreign-language (non-latin font)
display on websites, I would appreciate some input. I have some pages in
hebrew, hindi & gujerati characters that do not display properly on Mac's
using IE 5.2.3. In other languages, the page displayed properly, but the
metatag (ie <title>) was gibberish. This particular Mac had it's IE pref's
updated to include font support for those specific languages. This may be a
minor share of user-demographics, but it still affects a significant number
of visitors. I've tested the pages on the latest 3 versions of IE, FF &
Opera for PC, and no display problems at all.

Since the language & font display issue is multi-dimensional and complex
problem, I don't expect any easy answers, but I thought that since the
problem seems to apply to a narrow band of platform/browser users, that
there might be a simple workaround for that particular user group.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to try secondary browsers on the Mac.

In other enquiries I've posted, I've had answers and opinions that point to
a large number of possible variables, from fonts installed on visitor's
computer systems, browser font support on users systems, to <lang> tags,
proper css, proper char coding with &#xxx; , and on and on.

I'd appreciate any input from those familiar with localization issues on
various platforms & browsers.

thanks....

Gary


 
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Nikita the Spider
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      07-25-2006
In article <Cybxg.133361$I61.37968@clgrps13>,
"Gary" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> If any designers have had experience with foreign-language (non-latin font)
> display on websites, I would appreciate some input. I have some pages in
> hebrew, hindi & gujerati characters that do not display properly on Mac's
> using IE 5.2.3. In other languages, the page displayed properly, but the
> metatag (ie <title>) was gibberish. This particular Mac had it's IE pref's
> updated to include font support for those specific languages. This may be a
> minor share of user-demographics, but it still affects a significant number
> of visitors. I've tested the pages on the latest 3 versions of IE, FF &
> Opera for PC, and no display problems at all.
>
> Since the language & font display issue is multi-dimensional and complex
> problem, I don't expect any easy answers, but I thought that since the
> problem seems to apply to a narrow band of platform/browser users, that
> there might be a simple workaround for that particular user group.
> Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to try secondary browsers on the Mac.
>
> In other enquiries I've posted, I've had answers and opinions that point to
> a large number of possible variables, from fonts installed on visitor's
> computer systems, browser font support on users systems, to <lang> tags,
> proper css, proper char coding with &#xxx; , and on and on.
>
> I'd appreciate any input from those familiar with localization issues on
> various platforms & browsers.


Gary,
Is your question about IE5.2/Mac, "secondary browsers" (which means?) on
the Mac, or localization issues on various platforms & browsers?

IE 5.2/Mac is a pretty outdated browser, and I don't know that it is
capable of displaying non-Latin text in the browser. It failed to
display Cyrillic for me when other browsers on the same platform had no
trouble. Separate question: do you really have that many people using
it?

Cheers

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Toby Inkster
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      07-25-2006
Gary wrote:

> hebrew, hindi & gujerati characters that do not display properly on Mac's
> using IE 5.2.3.


IE 5.2.3 is both ancient and unsupported -- both Microsoft and Apple
recommend against its use:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/ie/
| It is recommended that Macintosh users migrate to more recent
| web browsing technologies such as Apple's Safari.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301018
| Microsoft Internet Explorer doesn't come with Mac OS X 10.4
| Tiger.
| For your Internet surfing needs, we include Safari.

> I didn't have a chance to try secondary browsers on the Mac.


Yes you did -- you tried IE.

> In other enquiries I've posted, I've had answers and opinions that point to
> a large number of possible variables, from fonts installed on visitor's
> computer systems, browser font support on users systems, to <lang> tags,
> proper css, proper char coding with &#xxx; , and on and on.


My crystal ball is being fitted with a new velvet padded base this week,
so you'll have to post the URL for me.

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Contact Me ~ http://tobyinkster.co.uk/contact

 
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