Netscape Communicator 4.8

Tested Encodings

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Unicode UTF-8

Netscape Communicator can display all the Basic Multilingual Plane characters of your Unicode font.  You can type Chinese, Japanese or Korean with Microsoft's Global IMEs in email but not in web forms.  Right-to-left languages are displayed left-to-right.

UTF-16 Read-only.
Windows Single-Byte Codepages

European languages are fully supported.  Arabic, Hebrew, Thai and Vietnamese are not supported.

Windows Double-Byte Codepages

You can use Microsoft's Global IMEs to write Chinese, Japanese or Korean in email but not in web forms.

Chinese GBK is partially supported:  Netscape Communicator will only display the Simplified Chinese GB2312 subset.

Japanese Shift-JIS is read-only.  You can write Japanese messages in ISO-2022-JP (Japanese Auto-Detect) or UTF-8 encoding.

Traditional Chinese Big5 and Korean UHC are fully supported.

ISO-8859 Fully supported

ISO-8859-1  (Western)
ISO-8859-2  (Central European)
ISO-8859-5  (Cyrillic)
ISO-8859-7  (Greek)
ISO-8859-9  (Turkish)

Partially supported ISO-8859-4  (Baltic)
Not supported

ISO-8859-3  (Maltese & Esperanto)
ISO-8859-6  (Arabic)
ISO-8859-8  (Hebrew)
ISO-8859-10 (Nordic)
ISO-8859-11 (Thai)
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

Japanese ISO-2022-JP is fully supported.

Simplified Chinese HZ and Korean ISO-2022-KR are read-only.

Extended Unix Code (EUC)

Simplified Chinese EUC-CN and Korean EUC-KR are fully supported.

Japanese EUC-JP is read-only.


The Cyrillic letters of  KOI8-R are properly displayed but the box-drawing characters are replaced with CP_1251 characters.  KOI8-U is not supported.

© 2002 Gyula Zsigri [Back]  [Home] Last updated:  September 7, 2002