RE: Special Characters in Web Docs

Subject: RE: Special Characters in Web Docs
From: Chuck Martin <CMartin -at- serena -dot- com>
To: "'John Wolf'" <johnwolf -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 10:24:18 -0800

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Wolf [mailto:johnwolf -at- earthlink -dot- net]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2000 7:40 AM
> Subject: Special Characters in Web Docs
> Any suggestions on how to handle special characters in html
> documents? I
> have several web documents with Greek characters and other scientific
> symbols.
> The characters I need are in the Windows TrueType Symbols
> font, but can I be
> comfortable that everyone has this font, including Mac users?
> Any other suggestions, other than making the symbols into images?
No you cannot be comfortable that everyone has that font. And graphics won't
work either; what happens if users have graphics turned off, or are using a
text-based browser?

HTML 4.0 has a large list of character entities, including Greek characters
and scientific and math symbols. The list I'm looking at now is in the book
"HTML 4 Unleashed Professional Reference Edition" (sorry Eric, I do have
your book too). I'd guess that numerous online sites have this information

HTML character entities start with "&" and end with ";". While you can user
either the entity name or value, using the value is generally considered
"safer," that is, it works on more browsers and platforms.

Chuck Martin
Sr. Technical Writer, SERENA Software

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