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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Word 2000 by Bill Camarda

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Word Settings for Creating International Web Pages

If you are creating Web pages for international audiences, you need to be aware of two issues:

  • Encoding. Web files can be encoded in a variety of formats; if you pick the wrong one, your text may be unreadable in certain languages or on certain browsers.

  • Character sets. In addition to specifying encoding, you need to specify the character set for which a browser should look when it displays text.

As long as you are creating Web pages purely for use in English-speaking locales, none of this is likely to be an issue. The default Western European encoding (officially called ISO-8859-1) does the job, as does the English/Western European/Other Latin Script character set that Word and Windows use ...

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