The notion that our editors should decide if a font is well enough
supported  is a bit off. It is saying "you cannot properly write your
language because ...".

I do appreciate that TECHNICALLY you are right. However what is needed is
people adding the "new" glyphs to the font. This is no rocket science.. we
can do this.

2009/9/25 Aryeh Gregor

> On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 6:58 PM, Steve Bennett <stevag...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I'm using Chrome, and have long found that some characters
> > in Wikipedia render as boxes. One example:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_with_stroke renders as "<box>
> > (minuscule: <box>)..."
> As the article says, the characters were only added to Unicode in 2005
> and 2006.  It's to be expected that even good Unicode fonts might not
> yet support them.  The article even notes that few fonts support the
> characters.
> > Now, I looked at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Special_characters
> > and the advice is not very useful or specific: it says that "Special
> > symbols should display properly without further configuration with ...
> > Safari and most other recent browsers." I tried installing Gnu Unifont
> > and setting it as the default browser font, but that seems to be
> > overridden by MediaWiki anyway?
> No, GNU Unifont probably just doesn't have those characters.  The
> default fonts on Ubuntu seem to have the majuscule but not the
> minuscule (or at least that's how Chrome and Firefox both render the
> page).
> > So anyway, I'm asking two questions:
> > 1) What can I do to get more special characters to render correctly in
> Chrome?
> Get better fonts.  Realistically, you should do this by waiting a few
> years until your preinstalled fonts hopefully support the character.
> > 2) Could/would anyone improve [[Help:Special characters]] to make it
> > clearer, more specific and correct?
> It needs to note that there's no font out there that really supports
> *all* of Unicode, especially since Unicode keeps changing.  Wikipedia
> editors need to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a Unicode
> character is supported widely enough to justify using it in an
> article's text, or whether an image should be used instead.
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