Unicode revisited, this time with htmlText

Toma Tasovac ttasovac at princeton.edu
Tue Nov 25 03:16:25 CST 2003

Yes, Alex, we have the same question.

I still don't understand Tuviah's remarks about HTML specifications and 
hex values -- as your html code below shows, setting the charset is all 
that's needed for proper display of Unicode text in HTML...


On Nov 22, 2003, at 11:20 PM, Alex Rice wrote:

> Tuviah and Richard, you have totally lost me. What I think Toma and me 
> are asking is: Supposing you have an HTML document with UTF-8 
> encoding, with a header like this:
> <html>
> <head>
> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
> How can I get the file to display in htmlText? (In fact I do have this 
> problem in the Project Gutenberg reader I'm writing)
> I have to step through every character to call charToNum() and 
> generate HTML character entities, then put it into htmlText? For a 
> multi-MB file this is simply not going to work efficiently enough. I 
> would rather launch the user's browser than try to deal with this in 
> transcript. Do you see the dilemma? That htmlText's way of dealing 
> (not dealing at all) with text encoding is really problematic for some 
> users?
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