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From Peter Bissmire <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] big5 charset not displayed automatically
Date Wed, 22 Oct 2003 05:37:00 GMT
Hi Michael,

I think you may find this is not a server problem.
I did have a charset problem. The wrong characters
were displayed (like before you specified Big5).

What you are complaining about, with childish
characters, sounds more like a representation/display
problem. That's the job of your browser.

Is there a problem with the way fonts are specified
in the html? The browser could be using a default font
because it cannot understand the font spec. after the
charset change - for some crazy reason.

It is true that Apache 2 has become strict over
charset specs. Version 1.3 was "sloppier".


Michael wrote:

> Hi.  I am running apache 2.0.47 on redhat 9.  In my website, I have a
> page with chinese characters.  The page contains the meta tag:
> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=big5">
> which is suppose to instruct the client to automatically use big5
> encoding but the characters still come out funny.  I have to manually
> go to View->Encoding and select Big5 to see characters properly.
> So, I started to think that the problem probably lies with my
> webserver and searching around the web, I found that others who
> switched from apache 1.3 to apache 2.0 also has the same problem.  I
> went to my httpd.conf and edited the AddDefaultCharset to:
> AddDefaultCharset Big5
> I restarted apache and the chinese text is displayed properly.  But now the
> english characters in the english only webpages have lost the style of the
> its font even though I have specified the charset to be "iso-8859-1" in the
> meta tag.  Not sure how to describe it but the english characters comes out
> bigger with sharper corners like it is written by a child.  If I re-edit
> httpd.conf and change AddDefaultCharset back to "iso-8859-1" then the
> English characters retain the smoothness of its font style but again the
> chinese characters doesn't show without manually selecting the proper
> encoding in the browser.
> Is there a way to show both english and chinese characters without losing
> the english font style?
> Thanks for any help in advance.
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