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Re: apparent unicode error

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:40:31 -0500
To: Drew Perttula <drewp@bigasterisk.com>
Message-Id: <18796F26-E954-44F5-A9E5-230549F42494@w3.org>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org

On 13 Oct 2009, at 10:46 PM, Drew Perttula wrote:

> Ian Jacobs wrote:
>> On 13 Oct 2009, at 9:55 PM, Drew Perttula wrote:
>>> http://bigasterisk.com/post/w3page.png is what http://www.w3.org/standards/semanticweb/ 
>>>  looks like on Chromium on linux. Firefox seems the same. The  
>>> context suggests there should be a -- dash, but instead I see a  
>>> funny 'x' of dots.
>> Hi Drew,
>> I believe that is a Unicode mdash character (in utf-8 encoding). It  
>> looks ok on my firefox and safari. What font are you using to  
>> display?
> In chromium I don't know- it's the default linux one, whatever that  
> is.
> In firefox, the fonts menu says that my sans-serif font is the one  
> called 'sans-serif' :) I'm not sure how to resolve that name any  
> more, but I didn't change it from the firefox default.
> I picked up the character on my clipboard and searched for it in the  
> charmap program. The only hit is U+2059 FIVE DOT PUNCTUATION. Using  
> curl in my rxvt also displays the char in the html source as a five- 
> dot splat thing.
> I also just noticed that there are some successful dashes on the  
> page, even in my screenshot. Was the char after 'inference' supposed  
> to be the same as the one after 'industries'?
> firefox 3.5.5pre
> chromium (Ubuntu build 28689)
> X.Org X Server 1.6.0
> Ubuntu 9.04
> fvwm 2.5.26

Hi Drew,

I checked the file source and I'm using &#8212;  which is Unicode mdash:

I checked the generated output using this checker:

And when I paste in the character, it tells me it's mdash (&#x2014; in  

Not sure what to do at this point...

  _ Ian

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