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Re: glyph selection for Unicode in browsers

From: Tex Texin <tex@i18nguy.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 15:42:49 -0400
Message-ID: <3D9211B9.C1EBCC3B@i18nGuy.com>
To: jarkko.hietaniemi@nokia.com
CC: www-international@w3.org, unicode@unicode.org

You would be happy, but others might not- the standard specifically says
that the http charset takes precedence.
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/charset.html#h-5.2.2

However, what you say about user control of web server facilities being
up to the administrator and not the page's author is true.
Some of the servers allow users some control through directory-based
files.

My ISP uses apache and so I can set the charset of my files through
files named .htaccess in each directory.
It is not optimal, but it is helpful.

I can send you a sample .htaccess file privately, if it will be of use
to you.
tex


jarkko.hietaniemi@nokia.com wrote:
> 
> I would be happy if just this
> 
> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>
> 
> would be enough to convince the browsers that the page is in UTF-8...
> It isn't if the HTTP server claims that the pages it serves are in
> ISO 8859-1.  A sample of this is http://www.iki.fi/jhi/jp_utf8.html,
> it does have the meta charset, but since the webserver (www.hut.fi,
> really, a server outside of my control) thinks it's serving Latin 1,
> I cannot help the wrong result.  (I guess some browsers might do better
> work at sniffing the content of the page, but at least IE6 and Opera 6.05
> on Win32 seem to believe the server rather than the (HTML of the) page.

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