Browser Failures

Web browsers have failed to display Cuneiform correctly in several cases. Three browsers were tested.

Firefox works best.
Internet Explorer has 99% perfection
Chrome FAILED to display Cuneiform !

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 succeeded today, May 22, 2011. Also, IE7 works right. However, when Cuneiform fonts are installed and used, some other programs draw Latin text wrong. For example, the network program Acer 3G Connection Manager has text half drawn, with the bottoms of all letters gone. Also, Internet Explorer 8 failed to show hexadecimal code point 122b9 on the Short Story page. Maybe only decimal numbers are recognized by IE8.

Firefox 4 succeeded in showing Cuneiform. This blogspot accepts codes with ampersand pound number format. That is like this but grouped tightly & # 73728 producing 𒀀 . Firefox succeeded in showing hexadecimal and decimal codepoints on the Short Story page.

Chrome fails. That is Google Chrome 11.0 which does not display Cuneiform.

Here is a report on browsers.


.rtf format test works with Internet Explorer 8 but not Firefox 4 :

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In this test, Microsoft Wordpad was opened with Cuneiform glyphs displayed correctly. It used \u73728 type of format for .rtf, Rich Text Format. The Cuneiform has selected and copied. It was pasted into this blogspot. But the code points were no longer above 73728, they were in the 50000 range for UTF-16 pairs of integers! So Firefox fails. But Internet Explorer 8 did work with UTF-16 SURROGATE PAIRS below 60000. But a few days later, blogspot had automatically deleted the codes and put in & # 65533 for every character! Now IE8 shows a lot of question marks!!! That also happened on my Greek blogspot (automatic corruption of codepoints beyond 16 bits (0xFFFF). Apparently, Google overlords replace some unusual Unicode with 16 bit Unicode question marks. why, Why? WHY??


I will explain the setup for Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 to show Cuneiform.

Windows XP Operating System

Menu : TOOLS
Internet Options
Fonts Button : Cuneiform Composite font is selected
Language Script : Latin Based

Menu : TOOLS
Internet Options
Accessibility Options Button
CHECK BOX : Ignore Font Styles Specified On Webpages

The Fonts file is placed at
They are TRUE TYPE FONTS = .ttf

Menu : VIEW
Encoding : Auto-select
a dot appears by UTF-8 when on my website :


Firefox 4 works well when the View, Character Encoding settings are for UTF-8 and the Tools menu is set up for Option, Content, Default Font Microsoft Sans Serif and Advanced menu Monospace font Cuneiform Composite. The other fonts are anything and the default encoding is selected to be UTF-8.

Also, it is important for Firefox for you to UNCHECK the box in this menu :
TOOLS : Options : Content :
Fonts and Colors : push Button ADVANCED
box : Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selctions above