Unicode Is Really Getting Fashionable

Michael Kaplan called my attention the latest Unicode fashion accessory:

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For those who don’t get it, that funny little question-mark character is what Mac users see when their computers don’t have the right font to display a given character (or if the Web browser gets a bit confused about what font to display). Just because Unicode allows you to display the world’s major languages on a Web page does not guarantee that your Web users have the right fonts on their end.

Windows users see blank boxes — and yes there’s a shirt for Windows users as well:

UnicodeWindows.jpg

The shirts are available from Cafe Press. I wonder if I can get one in black…

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.