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Re: [ARSCLIST] Diacriticals (was Re: [ARSCLI ST] Siegfried Borries and Johannes Schueler/ Schü l er)
The only way to ensure that text is properly displayed on a web
page is to create images containing the text. Beyond that, browsers
operating under Windows use the Windows character set (all 255) which
means that they may or may not display as expected. It is possible,
of course, to specify ant non-standard character set used...but this
often requires the viewer to download that set if he/she/it does not
have it installed.
The typefaces available for the WWW can be frustrating, but HTML has a
significant (though not sufficient) set of diacriticals built in. While
one could demand a face which does not supply those characters even in
an essentially Roman character set, I've not seen that happen.
At any rate, adhering to the standard HTML does well with most Western
languages using a few diacriticals. Not only all the umlauts for German
and accented characters for French and Spanish, but some of what's
needed for Scandinavian tongues. While it includes AE/ae, it does not
have OE/oe and one interested in choral music must be aware of that
omission when the reference is French.