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Internet Explorer 6.0

Tested Encodings

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Unicode UTF-8

You can both read and write all languages listed among the language scripts.  Languages not listed there will only be displayed if you associate the Latin based script with a font that contains the necessary glyphs.  Read James Kass's discussion on Plane One characters.


You can both read and write UTF-7 encoded email messages.  Internet Explorer can display UTF-7 encoded web pages if  UTF-7 is specified in the META tag but you cannot manually select UTF-7.

UTF-16 Read-only.
Windows Single-Byte Codepages All fully supported.
Windows Double-Byte Codepages

All fully supported except Japanese Shift-JIS, which is read-only in Outlook Express.  You can write Japanese messages in ISO-2022-JP (listed as JIS) or UTF-8.

ISO-8859 Supported

ISO-8859-1  (Western)
ISO-8859-2  (Central European)
ISO-8859-4  (Baltic)
ISO-8859-5  (Cyrillic)
ISO-8859-6  (Arabic)
ISO-8859-7  (Greek)
ISO-8859-8  (Hebrew)
ISO-8859-9  (Turkish)
ISO-8859-11 (aka. TIS-620: supported as a subset of the Windows Thai codepage)

Not supported

ISO-8859-3  (Maltese & Esperanto)
ISO-8859-10 (Nordic)
ISO-8859-13 (Windows-like Baltic)
ISO-8859-14 (Celtic)
ISO-8859-15 (Western Extended)
ISO-8859-16 (Romanian)

Use UTF-8 or a Windows codepage instead.

ISO-2022 and HZ

Simplified Chinese HZ is fully supported.

Japanese ISO-2022-JP is fully supported in email but Internet Explorer can only display ISO-2022-JP encoded web pages if  ISO-2022-JP is specified in the META tag.

Korean ISO-2022-KR is read-only in email.  Internet Explorer can only display ISO-2022-KR encoded web pages if  ISO-2022-KR is specified in the META tag.

Extended Unix Code (EUC)

Simplified Chinese EUC-CN is supported as a subset of  GBK and Korean EUC-KR is supported as a subset of  UHC.  Japanese EUC-JP is read-only.


KOI8-R  (Russian)
KOI8-U  (Ukrainian and Belarusian)

© 2002 Gyula Zsigri [Back]  [Home] Last updated:  July 17, 2002