Teaching and Learning with Technology

Computing With Accents and Foreign Scripts

Configuring Safari

Below are instructions for configuring Safari to read Web sites not written in the English alphabet.
Note: Safari is based on the same software as KDE Konquerer for Linux, so the procedures are similar.

Manually Switch Encoding

If you see Roman alphabet gibberish (e.g. *a&h!!) instead of the correct script, you may need to For some Web sites, such as www.csssm.org (Chinese Simplified), you will need to manually switch from Western encoding view.

Example of Roman Character Gibberish

Roman Character Gibberish - Window says µ Ú 227 Æ Ú

  1. Under the View menu, select Text Encoding.
  2. If necessary switch from Western (ISO Latin 1) to an appropriate encoding. In some cases you may need to scroll to the end of the menu.
  3. If there is more than one option per script, select one until the page displays properly.
  4. AFTER you leave the site, you will have to switch your browser back to Western (ISO Latin 1) [Macintosh]/Western [Windows].

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Fonts In Safari

Safari automatically matches system fonts with the appropriate language encoding. As long as the appropriate fonts for each language are installed, Safari will probably be able to interpret a properly encoded page.

If you do not see the content, you need to install the correct font as listed on the individual By Language pages.

Safari for Windows

Safari for Windows may not correctly map a font for a script, but you can change the default font for all languages as needed.

  1. Go to the Edit menu and select Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences panel, click the Appearences tab, then select the appropriate font for your script.
    Note: The more scripts a font supports, the less often you will need to change it.



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Last Modified: Tuesday, 28-Mar-2017 15:12:56 EDT