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Asian character sets

html entites vs. actual characters

6:25 pm on Aug 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Until now, our current editing tools only allow Latin characters, even when saved in UTF-8 or Unicode. In the past, we've done Japanese by using HTML character entities, like

We're working on a Japanese website, and want it to rank highly in the search-engines. Should we get a new text editor that lets us use Japanese characters in the code? Does it make a difference? We want this site to appear as much authentic Japanese as we can.

When I view-source on popular Japanese sites, I see Japanese characters in the code, but wonder if that's just my browser ...

2:25 am on Aug 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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HTML character entities sound like a difficult editing environment. Why not use a text editor that can properly generate UTF-8?

Remember that simply saving your source as UTF-8 won't automatically convert the Japanese to UTF-8. You'd have to enter UTF-8 Japanese into the source or get it converted.


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