Does Your Browser Support Multi-language ?

... and would you like to see what's in those really BIG fonts ?

Unicode is the World's standard for encoding text. Most all of the characters used in modern writing systems have already been assigned to unique code positions and work is under way to add some fairly exotic modern scripts as well as provide standardized encoding for ancient scripts. If your browser has multilingual capabilities, it probably uses Unicode to address the various letters, characters, and symbols shown on your screen.

If you're using Windows 2000, you already have a Unicode-aware system along with special tools, such as the enhanced Character Map, enabling use and display of special character from large fonts like MS Hei, MS Song, GulimChe, or MingLiU. (Beware that W2K Character Map does not offer all of the valid Unicode ranges and thus often can't offer all of the glyphs in a font's repertoire.)

But, if you're using an older operating system, you may have tried to see some of those special characters and become fairly frustrated when your font viewer failed or totally choked-up.

Using Unicode-aware software such as Opera, Netscape, Internet Explorer, or Outlook Express, to name a few, it is possible to view special characters and simulate the cut and paste features of the Windows 2000 Character Map even on the Windows 95 operating system.


TEST PAGES (for Multilingual and Unicode support and testing):

If you want to see the difference between various large fonts, such as Chinese Simplified or Chinese Traditional, try changing the default font in your browser while viewing the specific reference sheet. If you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer, pull-down the "View" Menu, slide the mouse across the "Fonts" selection, and choose an alternate font-style from the listing.
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