Subject: Re: Japanese
To: Masao Uebayashi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Curt Sampson <email@example.com>
Date: 11/26/2000 21:04:16
On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, Masao Uebayashi wrote:
> > It does, if you tell it. Though my I18N work at blink.com (our
> > website is fully English-Japanese bilingual), I've discovered, much
> > to my pain, that a *lot* of Japanese folks out there don't bother
> > to label the character set that their web page is using. This isn't
> > so bad in Japan perhaps, where most people have their browsers'
> > encoding set to `Japanese auto-detect,' but for those of us who
> > also need ISO-8859-1 regularly (for French, in my case), it's a
> > real pain.
> Isn't it enough to set a 'Content-Type' HTTP header line specifying
> charset, like 'text/html; charset=euc-jp'?
$B$O$$!*(B $B$=$&$G$9!#(B You are correct. Or, better yet (since the Content-type
header can get lost), put the following HTML within the <HEAD></HEAD>
part your web page:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=euc-jp">
(This means you can save the page to a file and reload it, and it
will still work. It also saves having to do anything special with
the web server to get it to know that a particular file is using
a particular encoding.)
But I was just checking out Hotmail to deal with some problems
exchanging e-mail with a friend in Japanese, and upon switching my
account to Japanese language mode, bringing up the `send a message'
screen, and looking at the page source, I found this lovely little
<meta http-equiv="Context-Type" content="text/html" charset="shift_jis">
If the engineers of a site available in ten different languages,
four of which are Asian (well, nine and three if you count traditional
and simplified Chinese as one) as so crack-laden as to be unable
to spell `Content-type' properly, much less get the rest of the
tag correct, I don't hold out a lot of hope for the future of I18N
on the web.
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