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Houston, we have a problem

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Saturday, May 18, 2002, 19:06
On 18 May 02, at 11:26, Carlos Thompson wrote:

> Clint Jackson Baker wrote: > > > Okay, so I thought, this will be easy. All I have to > > do is go into the HTML code, put in &#numberIwant, and > > there ya go. So I converted the number code for > > Cherokee character D (the sound /a/) from hexadecimal > > 13A0 to 5024. The computer didn't like that--after I > > put in &#5024; it just gave me a question mark. > > Obviously I'm missing something--what is it? > > You probably lack a font that includes that character or the browser is > using a font that doesn't include it.
And that's two different kettles of fish. For example, Mozilla apparently will use any font that contains a certain character even if that means it has to mix and match fonts to display all the characters on a web page, while MSIE only lets you assign fonts to script ranges -- and if you assign font X to, say, Cyrillic, then a Cyrillic character which is not in font X (but is maybe in fonts Y and Z which are also installed on your computer) will display as a question mark. My guess is probably for "you don't have a font with the right characters in it", though, so the Mozilla-vs-MSIE thing above doesn't apply :) (Just because you used the right entity doesn't magically enable the browser to display the character.) Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>