[gundam] Turn-A Symbol Solved!


-Z- (Z@gundam.com)
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 20:33:19 -0800


After a lengthy investigation, I've determined the criteria for the display
of the "For All" (AKA "Turn-A") symbol as a valid character in a Web browser.

The problem is not is the browser per se, but in the HTML standards that
the browser supports.

Specifically, the character is only supported in the HTML 4.0 standard.

Here's the history of the HTML 4.0 standard:

Author: Dave Raggett, Arnaud Le Hors, Ian Jacobs
Specifications
DTDs and Documentation - http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/
Timeline:
- July, 1996: Cougar DTD published. Considered experimental only.
- April, 1997: Cougar development increases at W3C. Still only consists of
a DTD and an amalgamation of separate draft extension proposals.
- July, 1997: Name officially changed to HTML 4.0. First official public
draft released. Full documentation also released.
- September, 1997: Second official public draft released.
- November, 1997: Becomes W3C proposed recommendation.
- December, 1997: Becomes W3C recommendation.
- April, 1998: Revised recommendation.

IE4 Beta 2 and above supports HTML 4.0 and Netscape 4.0 doesn't. Neither
does IE 3 or IE4 Beta 1. IE4B2 was released July 1998, with the final
version of IE4 in October 1998. Netscape 4.5 Beta 1 shiped in July 1998,
with Beta 2 in September 1998 and the final in October 1998, so it may be
presumed to have the same HTML 4.0 support. Opera 3.5 Beta 1-10 was
released in July-October 1998, ditto. The last final version of Opera was
3.21 in April 1998, so it _may_ have HTML 4.0 support, but I can't verify this.

-Z-

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