[thelist] Japanese characters in HTML q.

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Mon Jun 11 05:36:06 CDT 2001

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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I understand that there are 2 UTF-8 type Japanese interpretations:
Shift-JIS (e.g. Google Japan) and EUC-JP (e.g. Yahoo Japan).

You might want to look at Unicode - there's an interesting debate
on whether it's useful or not going on rn:


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Hi all,

I'm working on a project using XSL to convert XML to HTML. Its all going
swimmingly so far, but I've run into something of a problem with Netscape

If you look at http://freelance.bocuma.com you'll see what I mean (ignore
the minor layout problems for now - thats standard stuff). The Japanese
characters don't get translated correctly in NN4.x, and I just can't see
why. The source XML is in UTF-8, and the XSL engine I'm using is converting
characters into character entities like &#26085;&#26412;&#12391;&#12399;

All I can think of is that NN4.x isn't reading these characters correctly.
I've hunted around on the web for advice on this, and got NN4.x
Japanese-text happy (if I visit www.microsoft.com/japan it looks fine,
although, strangely, www.shift.jp.com is not).

Where am I going wrong? Is it my NN4.x setup thats at fault, or my HTML/XSL

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