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Non-Roman Webpages

Viewing webpages with non-roman characters consists of matching the encoding that your browser is using (variable) with that of the page itself (fixed). Your browser has built-in tools to display all languages properly.

Frequently a browser will convert pages automatically. If this doesn't occur, in the menu bar, go to View > Character Set (or Encoding) and choose the auto-detect feature if there is one for your language. Intenet Explorer offers an autodetect for Japanese only, while Mozilla Firefox has an autodetect for all languages with non-roman writing systems taught at Colby, and the default setting of Safari also works well in multiple languages.

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If the browser has more than one encoding choice for your language, toggle though them until one works satisfactorily.

You can see exactly which character set any given page is encoded with by looking at the source code from the page. Even if you are not terribly familiar with html it's not difficult to spot; look for the charset attribute near the top of the page.

This code was extracted from Yahoo! China:
< meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=gb2312">

And this is from Yahoo! Hong Kong:
< meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=big5">

You can see that charset is defined differently, but most browsers will display them both properly by default. Any Colby faculty having trouble reading webpages can contact Zach Chandler for a consultation.

As more pages are written in Unicode, dealing with different character sets will become less troubling. We recommend that webpages written by faculty utilize the Unicode character set. To change the encoding of your own page, open the html file in Dreamweaver, and click Modify > Page Properties. In the dialog window that appears, select UTF-8 (a pared down version of Unicode) from the Document Encoding list. Click Apply, then OK.