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    Non 'standard' Characters

    Keyboard characters, that is! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Having discovered by accident that the keyboard characters for 1/2 (Alt+171) and 1/4 (Alt+172) are unpostable on the Lounge, I was just wondering whether there was a list of characters that the Lounge software does accept. Trial and error has shown that
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    Re: Non 'standard' Characters

    According to my old HTML reference, which covered browsers through Netscape 4.5, IE 5.0 and WebTV, these browsers should have no difficulty with characters numbered 32 through 126, and 160 through 255. In between, the characters are considered "nonstandard," but are largely the same across these browsers.

    For fractions, the following are recognized (add & before the Named and Numbered entities):

    <table border=1><tr><td>Resulting Character

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    Re: Non 'standard' Characters

    Jefferson,

    I was coming at it from the ASCII, rather than the HTML, angle. As you probably know, on a Western keyboard, you can render ASCII codes from 000 to 255 by pressing Alt and the code on the keypad (only) simultaneously.

    I mainly use mozilla (for compactness and security) rather than IE. (It also doesn't lose "crashed" posts! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>) It now appears that I was identifying a browser-specific interface issue. Had I used HTML (and not ASCII) codes in the first place, the issue would not have arisen, but then raw HTML may not be so popular these days!

    For those Loungers curious about HTML codes, I attach a list of codes from #001 to #413. (Change the extension from ".txt" to ".htm".) As indicated, there are 6 characters (in the range 127 to 157) which neither IE (5.5) nor mozilla (0.9.8) render. Excluding those 6, IE renders #032 to #383 inclusive - on "standard" fonts only; whereas mozilla renders #001 to #413 inclusive on all tested fonts (perhaps there's a font fudge?).
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    Re: Non 'standard' Characters

    I must be missing your point: entered on this reply in IE5.5 using keyboard Alt-nnn:
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    Re: Non 'standard' Characters

    Your comment is sort of where I started.

    IE offers a wide range when it comes to using Alt + nnn codes, but it is not foolproof. Both Jefferson and I ended up referring to the (somewhat different) HTML code numbers in the format of &#nnn;
    What it seems to boil down to is that when stuck getting a character into your post, use the HTML code - see the earlier attachment. <img src=/S/heavy.gif border=0 alt=heavy width=40 height=34>
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