Re: "Umlaut" in Button and ALT

Wayne Campbell (
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 23:17:15 -0800

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Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 23:17:15 -0800
To: Jordan Reiter <>, Volker Kroll <>
From: Wayne Campbell <>
Subject: Re: "Umlaut" in Button and ALT

At 5:07 PM -0500 9/5/97, Jordan Reiter wrote:
>At 2:57 PM -0500 1997-05-09, Volker Kroll wrote:
>>a customer told me, that he cannot see the right Umlaut in ALT behind
>>images or on Buttons (on a Mac with IE 3.01b or so). I.e. <img src="foo"
>>ALT="&Ouml;lberg"> shows up as scrambled Text. I tested it on LinuX with
>>Lynx and Netscape 3.0 -> everythings OK. The same on Win 0.95.
>It must be an IE3.0 problem, because it displays fine on a Mac using Netscape.
>It must be a hallucination problem, because it works fine on IE3.0 too.

It's neither. I use a Mac all of the time, and I can tell you that what
your customer sees is based entirely on which font he/she is using to view
the page. I use Geneva 10 as my default proportionate font, and a font
called TTYFont as my default monospaced font in Netscape and in IE 3.01.

These two fonts display _most_ of the entity characters in the
HTMLcharacter codes, but not all. I haven't found one that displays all of
them correctly. And  _most_ of the fonts I have don't display but a few of
them correctly.

If you want an idea, go to my HTML Character Codes page using a Mac, and
change your default monospaced font while refreshing your browser. You'll
see that some of the fonts will display most of the characters between 160
and 255, but most will only display a few correctly.


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