Re: "Umlaut" in Button and ALT

Jordan Reiter (jreiter@mail.slc.edu)
Sat, 6 Sep 1997 03:59:34 -0500


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Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 03:59:34 -0500
To: Wayne Campbell <twaynec@pacbell.net>
From: Jordan Reiter <jreiter@mail.slc.edu>
Cc: Volker Kroll <vkroll@i-m-r-k.com>, www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: "Umlaut" in Button and ALT

At 2:17 AM -0500 1997-06-09, Wayne Campbell wrote:
>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.

ProFont WWW and Courier Web (both monospaced); and Times OE (old english)
support all web characters, although they do not correctly map for
Mac-based applicaations (ie, word processing).  All three are available off
of the web for free, but I can't remember exactly where they are.

Besides, umlauts are never a problem (except perhaps for the y umlaut).
The only problem that Mac fonts should have is with the Icelandic glyphs.
I don't know of *any* font (except for display fonts, which don't generally
display all characters anyway) that doesn't display these characters.

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