Complex text layout

Jeffrey Goldberg jeffrey at
Sun Aug 31 20:40:20 UTC 2008

On Aug 30, 2008, at 4:11 AM, faja606 at wrote:

> I am trying to get my website to support multilanguage fonts,  
> complex text layouts. An example of what I am trying is to have the  
> fonts of other languages appear rather than boxes or question marks.

This is purely an HTML/web-design question, and has nothing really to  
do with FreeBSD even if your webserver is a FreeBSD system.  You  
should look at the LANG and DIR attributes.  Also, you should set up  
your pages do use UTF-8 as a character set.  To instruct your server  
to declare that documents are UTF-8 by default, you can set

   AddDefaultCharset utf-8

in your Apache configuration.

AddDefaultCharset is document at

If you don't have access to the Apache configuration, you can declare  
the charset to use within each document in the HTML, with something like

  <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">

within the HEAD portion of the document.

The LANG and DIR attributes are documented at

though that is more of a reference document than a "how to".



Jeffrey Goldberg              

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