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    Viewing Non-English Characters in Firefox


    I seem to be having some problems with viewing foreign characters in Firefox. For example, examining a page in Wikipedia with Chinese characters shows me, instead of the characters, a bunch of boxes with the (I assume) unicode numbers for that character.

    Also, on my Xanga page, I get symbols like this:



    When I view the page in Lynx, there is nothing there. Viewing it in Konqueror shows me *'s.

    My keyboard is set to en_US, though I can change the layout to Spanish and see those characters:


    Ǻ

    So I am very confused. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be very grateful. Thanks!


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    Oh, and viewing the Wikipedia page in Konqueror shows me little boxes instead of the Chinese characters. Viewing it in Lynx shows me the & numbers.

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    That happens to me with some asian signs, dont know from which country, even I am using a norvegian keybord and can write spanish and norvegian etc. characters (...)

    Are you sure the font you're using a font which supports chinese signs? I have stubled over a lot of fonts which don't support the norvegian charset...

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    Well, I've done some playing around. Switching to other fonts, such as Arial, have not helped.

    In my Xanga, I can get it showing properly if I set my character encoding to either:

    Western (Windows-1252)
    or
    Auto-Detect: Universal

    However, neither of these enables chinese characters. Is there anything else I can do?

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    I think maybe there are own font-sets to enable chinese characters... But I don't know for sure.

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    I get those question marks on English pages, too. Sometimes where apostrophe's are. I've experienced this in Firefox on Linux, and on Windows.

    Who knows.

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    Are you sure you even have the language packs installed?

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    To ensure that I had a Chinese character set, I emerged one. Still doesn't work.

    Also, manually changing the encoding to a Chinese one still does nothing.

    Any other ideas?

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    Adding character set support in Firefox/linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Cabhan
    I seem to be having some problems with viewing foreign characters in Firefox. For example, examining a page in Wikipedia with Chinese characters
    Add the character set to your computer. For example,
    (as root)
    Korean:
    yum install ttfonts-ko

    Chinese simplified:
    yum install ttfonts-zh_CN

    Chinese traditional:
    yum install ttfonts-zh_TW

    Then restart firefox with character set auto-detect and you should be fine.

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