foreign language display issues

Discussion in 'HTML' started by Gary, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    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 , and on and on.

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

    thanks....

    Gary
    Gary, Jul 24, 2006
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  2. In article <Cybxg.133361$I61.37968@clgrps13>,
    "Gary" <> 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 , 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

    --
    Philip
    http://NikitaTheSpider.com/
    Whole-site HTML validation, link checking and more
    Nikita the Spider, Jul 25, 2006
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  3. Gary

    Toby Inkster Guest

    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 , 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.

    --
    Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
    Contact Me ~ http://tobyinkster.co.uk/contact
    Toby Inkster, Jul 25, 2006
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