If the font you are using does not contain the entire UTF-8 character
map (and there are relatively few that do) then you will have missing
glyphs such as you describe when you set your page to Unicode
character encoding. If you stick to a font that is known to contain
(or reference in other alternate fonts) the entire gamut, then you can
pretty much guarantee a good experience for your visitors.
Try making a new Font Set in Freeway, and apply it to the text where
you’re having the problem. From the main menu, choose Edit / Font
Sets. In the dialog, click on New, and choose Lucida Grande from your
font list. Then paste the following alternates in for the Windows
folk, overwriting whatever is there:
'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Lucida, sans-
Be sure to include the single-quotes to delineate the multi-word font
names. Give your font set a name so you can find it in the Font-family
picker in the Inspector.
Now Control-click on each of your named styles, select Edit Style from
the contextual menu, and change the font set from whatever it is now
to your Lucida style. If you were seeing glitchy font drawing in
Freeway, this problem should disappear the moment you okay the dialog.
Re-publish, and you should see your characters in the browser.
Lucida Grande is one of the larger fonts you can use, character map-
wise. It’s used by Mac OS X to draw all the menus in the operating
system in all of the many languages that it’s localized into. If your
characters are missing from that font, you’re not likely to find them
elsewhere. (Mostly, that’s just impossible.)
If you need particular characters that are usually only found in one
language (Cherokee, for example), then you may have better luck using
a non-Unicode encoding, one specific to that language you want to use.
But then your visitors will need to have enabled that encoding in
their browser – it can get quite esoteric at the further reaches of
the problem. I suspect that Unicode will work for you in this case,
Greek letters are pretty widely represented in most fonts.
On Jan 1, 2009, at 2:01 PM, Sharon Huyshe wrote:
Do you think it could be the font?
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