Its not a browser/operating system but language settings... I cant see the chinese letters on my us laptop where I have set up polish language in the option - I cannot see them nether on IE or FF... but on my deskop, bought in uk where I didnt bother to set up polish language/keyboard I can see the without any problem on both browsers...
No this can't be 'language settings' -- do the following experimentt: on your desktop purchased in UK change the locale to Polish
. This will change a lot of things, including the keybord map but your browser, and Notepad will still properly display texts, and filenames, in Unicode containing Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese glyphs.
Believe me. And this has nothing to do with keyboard settings: I wrote my own keyboard modules under Windows XP, and Windows Vista, so that I can type anything in any
Central European Language (any
), and when necessary rotate with a single key pressing between 5 different keyboard maps allowing me to type at ease also in any
Romance and Nordic language, or Cyrillic, Arabic, Classical Greek (with all the complex combinations of polytonic accents, breathings, and iota subscripts).
If you see white (or black squares) this means only one thing: that you don't have necessary fonts installed. On Windows XP and Windows Vista this wouldn't be possible because the level of internationalization is very good by default. This was a priority for Microsoft in order to gain World wide dominance.
My laptop is one of the least expensive Compaq's with Windows Vista. I use only default fonts and everything is nicely displayed. The Tennis Forum server informs the browsers that postings are UTF-8 encoded, so the encoding is not a problem.
If you have the original Operating System installation CD you can install additional fonts. In international environment you really need good glyph coverage. Starting from Windows XP (and maybe even Windows 2000), Microsoft default
fonts like Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Palatino automatically cover enormous variety of glyphs, including basically all European languages, Hebrew, Arabic, even Chinese. I strongly recommend that you install these missing fonts in order to have your browser, Notepad, and other programs, properly displaying text. Do this as soon as possible.