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    Fixed/Special bullet font

    I'm thinking of using special characters for list bullets, along with a list of fixed-width fonts in the style sheet. Would "Courier New" be the best first choice for font-family?
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    Should I also specify a particular charater set?
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    Quote Originally Posted by posinot
    Should I also specify a particular charater set?
    Yes. As for the font-family it's up to you, personally I'd go for Monaco, Courier, Courier New, Monospace.

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    <KBD>This text renders in a fixed-width font.</KBD>

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    Which character set is a good choice for this?
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    Maybe iso-8859-15 is the one for SGML character entities.
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    Help me get this straight: Is it the charset, or the font-family which determines what named entities will show up in a browser?
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    Quote Originally Posted by posinot
    Help me get this straight: Is it the charset, or the font-family which determines what named entities will show up in a browser?
    Charset.

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    No, it looks like font-family completely overrides charset, because special characters will not show up with certain fonts specified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by posinot
    No, it looks like font-family completely overrides charset, because special characters will not show up with certain fonts specified.
    Charsets may mean you have to put something like &copy; although the fonts may not have that symbol, in which case it will not be displayed.

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    What do charsets really mean if fonts are allowed to take over? Nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by posinot
    What do charsets really mean if fonts are allowed to take over? Nothing.
    Charsets have meaning.

    Eg.

    iso-8859-1

    To put © you would need to put &copy;

    utf-8

    To put ©*you could just put ©.

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    Ok, good; now, how can we be sure the correct symbol will be rendered?
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    Some fonts might not have the ©*symbol, so choose ones that have the symbols you need, Arial is a good choice, but some computers don't have it...

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    Right; thanks for the suggestion.
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