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RE: accented characters, etc.

From: Jelks Cabaniss <jelks@jelks.nu>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 23:45:36 -0500
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Murray Altheim wrote:

> I was trying to point out that there is a big difference between simply
> typing '&x03EE;' into a document and it showing up correctly as a 'Coptic
> capital letter Dei' on one's screen (rather than a little '?').
> ...
> the Web interoperably. For example, I know of no system available that
> can display the entire set of even the most common languages (say, even
> the Latin languages, Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic), much less Coptic.

You will see all those character entities (except the Coptic Dei) with the
following -- in IE5.01:

	<?xml version="1.0"?>
	<!DOCTYPE doc [
	<!ENTITY ntilde "&#x00f1;">
	<?xml-stylesheet href="#sample" type="text/css"?>

	  <style id="sample"><!--
	    doc { display: block; }
	    p { display: block; margin: 1em 0em;
	        font: 1em verdana, helvetica, sans-serif; }

	  <p>&ntilde; started this thread.</p>

	  <!-- here on out, just use decimal entities directly -->

	  <p>Hebrew's first letter is &#x05d0;,
	  while &#x0628; is a B in Arabic.</p>

	  <p>&#x30c2; is from Katakana, &#x3060; is from Hiragana.</p>

	  <p>&#x4e8a; is a CJK Unified Ideograph, and &#x0434;
	  is a lowercase Cyrillic D.</p>

	  <p>The Copts saw &#x03ee; as important, but IE doesn't.</p>


I used the CSS PI to avoid the IE5-XSLized "tags view".

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