[thelist] browser support for character entities

Alan Wood alan.wood at JUSTIS.COM
Fri Mar 31 01:23:24 CST 2006

S Beam asked:
> anyone know off hand the situation with browser support for some of 
> these latin-1 extensions (ISO10646 ??), like ◊ ↓  ↑, 
> etc.? This stuff is part of HTML 4.01 but I'm not sure if 
> font sets on Macs, linux, etc alway support them (and google seems 
> confused about it too) 
> Specifically on this page:
> http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/entities.html
> the first section. Some of these would be mighty useful for 
> <ul> lists etc...

Netscape 4.8 does not support them all.  Internet Explorer 4 onwards, Opera
6 onwards, Firefox etc. and Safari support them. 

Windows and Mac OS X come with fonts that contain all (or nearly all) of the
characters.  Not sure about OS 9 and Linux.

Some browsers are better than others at obtaining characters from a
selection of fonts to use in a single Web page.  Firefox is best, I.E. is
worst, Safari and Opera somewhere in between.

ISO 10646 is the ISO standard that is implemented by Unicode.

Alan Wood
http://www.alanwood.net (Unicode, special characters, pesticide names)

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