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RE: [w3c-wai-ig] <none>

From: Tom Croucher <tcroucher@netalleynetworks.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 13:32:01 +0100
To: "'P.H.Lauke'" <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>, "'WAI-IG'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002501c38685$afbc6e40$0300000a@bobthefrog>

I just did a little experiment. I googled for "computer" in all web
sites in X language. I tried Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Serbian, Turkish
and Arabic. In all of these languages the font (although I speak none of
those languages so I can't be 100%) seemed to render perfectly
correctly. I am using windows XP but I only have English, French, and
Arabic language installed on this machine. I think it is actually opera
which provides the support for other languages, I believe if it doesn't
have support for another language in the current font it uses a default
Unicode font to display the characters properly anyway. I haven't tested
mozilla or IE but I would not be surprised if it is the same. Let the
user agents deal with encoding and different languages. Putting text in
images is merely holding back the progression of technologies that would
fix this issue properly. I might be a progressive zealot but someone has
to ;)


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of P.H.Lauke
Sent: 29 September 2003 13:13
Subject: RE: [w3c-wai-ig] <none>

Well, that's my point exactly. As it's unlikely that these places
will have all necessary fonts installed, simply unicode-encoding
something and relying on the user's browser to display it correctly
may not be the correct approach...and possibly a dual solution
involving both unicode and image (with english ALT) may have to
be considered...

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Holmes [mailto:aholmes84@shaw.ca]
> Sent: 29 September 2003 12:10
> To: Lauke PH; WAI-IG
> Subject: Re: [w3c-wai-ig] <none>

> True, but why (as loose example) would someone say in an Iranian 
> internet cafe/library/what have you, be browsing a Russian 
> web site? One 
> would expect that a computer/browser being used would have the fonts 
> needed by the people from that region (ie. a US cafe might 
> have support 
> for Enlgish and Spanish while a Canadian library might have 
> support for 
> English and French).
> -Andy
Received on Monday, 29 September 2003 08:32:26 UTC

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