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Thread #101855   Message #2059578
Posted By: Jack Campin
24-May-07 - 03:01 AM
Thread Name: Sean (sp): where does the accent go?
Subject: RE: Sean (sp): where does the accent go?
The ALT key stunt is exactly what you don't want to do. It happened to produce a result that my browser displayed the same as yours, but it isn't standard HTML and you have no guarantee that all browsers will reproduce it correctly.

There is no such thing as "the second half of the standard ASCII font set". ASCII has only 127 7-bit characters, the others are NOT standard. Which is why HTML uses ASCII codes like á to represent them.

In some contexts you can use 8-bit or 16-bit characters the way you want, but there needs to be a declaration somewhere at the start of the page saying what the encoding is - otherwise the reader's browser has no way to tell if a particular high-bit character is to be read as Irish or Chinese. There is no way to put such a declaration into a message to a web forum, and this forum has not been set up to do it for you.

Some word processors or text editors have utilities to convert 8-bit chacters into HTML ASCII codes.