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Re: Arabisation and character sets

From: Jonathan Rosenne <rosenne@netvision.net.il>
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 20:25:10 +0200
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To: Reinier van Kleij <rklei@acm.org>
Cc: Francois Yergeau <yergeau@alis.com>, www-international@w3.org
There is no need tophilosofise so much: Netscape does not support Arabic
and Hebrew, that's all there is to it. 

Because of the way Netscape handles character sets it does not support, it
lets the operating system handle them, and thus it is not at all platform
independent as they would have us believe.


At 11:33 01/04/98 +0200, Reinier van Kleij wrote:
>At 10:26 AM 3/31/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>À 11:23 31-03-98 +0200, Reinier van Kleij a écrit :
>>>   - ALis Tango and MS IE 4.0 (on Arabic Enabled Windows) render 
>>>     iso-8859-6 correctly
>>>   - Netscape on an Arabic Windows and Netscape with Shakr 
>>>     plug-in on "normal" Windows do not render correctly.
>>>   - using the proprietary Microsoft standard Windows 1256 all 
>>>     browsers render correctly.
>>Render correctly?  May I suggest that you introduce a hyperlink or a word
>>in bold in the middle of any line, and see what happens?  Watch word
>>>It seems hilarious to me that we must use a proprietary Microsoft standard
>>>in order to have Netscape render correctly. 
>>Hilarious yes, but less so if one considers that you are (apparently)
>>testing on a Microsoft-proprietary platform.  Not that you have so many
>>other options for Arabic...
>Yeah, but the philosophy behind the (Netscape) browser was to get rid of
>the OS's peculiarities, right?
>So, even when I am running Netscape on a Microsoft OS, it should not behave
>itself this way. It should look at the <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type"
>CONTENT="text/html;charset=iso-8859-6"> and say "Hey, this is iso-8859-6 so
>let's render it". Netscape should not assume that all files it reads are
>saved with the character set of the OS it runs on...
>Again it seems that IE is a little more "democratic" than Netscape: at
>least it recognizes the Content-type tag, so it does not force us to use
>the MS code page 1256...
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