Help for Instructors and Department Coordinators
To view Digiclass pages correctly, you must use a web browser that supports the Unicode standard for displaying multilingual text. We recommend
The most current version of the browser software will often give the best results.
You will also need a Unicode font appropriate for the language that you are using. For most languages Arial Unicode MS is good enough and is included with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP or Office 2000. If you do not have it, you can download the shareware ($5) "Code2000" font as a possible substitute.
Mac OS X has built-in support for multiple languages, and can use the "Arial Unicode MS" as well as several other fonts that come with the Mac.
In some cases you may need to find a special font. Check the list of Unicode fonts to find one that will work with your language, or follow any special instructions given by your instructor.
Set up your web browser to use the fonts
If you have the correct fonts but the pages still do not display correctly, you must set your web browser to use the new fonts. With Internet Explorer for Windows, you must click on the "Tools" menu, then on "Internet Options." Click on the "Language" button. You will see a menu with two boxes below it. Choose the language you wish to use from the menu, then click on a font in both boxes.
In Netscape 6.1, or with the Macintosh version of Internet Explorer, click on the "Edit" menu, then on "Preferences" and find the section for "Fonts" or "Languages." Depending on your browser, choose either the name of the language you are using, or "Unicode - UTF8" if you do not see individual languages listed. Then specify as many Unicode fonts as you can. You may find it helpful to look at the specific directions including pictures for the browser software you are using.
Older fonts for displaying non-latin characters will not work! The fonts must be Unicode fonts.
For Western European languages, you can type accented characters by following the chart on the Special Characters page, or go to your "Keyboard" or "International" control panel and switch to the keyboard for the language you are using (Microsoft's Keyboard Layouts page may help in figuring out what keys to press). For some languages, you may need additional software.
For Microsoft Windows XP, go to the Windows Update to make sure you have all the necessary updates.
Click on "Start" then on "Control Panels" and double-click on "Regional and Language Options." Click on the "Languages" tab, then click "Details" and "Add" to add the necessary languages.
If you do not see the language that you need (for instance Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew or Arabic), you may need to check the "Install files for complex scripts" checkbox on the main "Languages" tab and restart Windows (you may need your original Windows CD to complete the process).
When you are done, you should see a small blue icon in the lower-right side of your screen that indicates what language you are using (usually "EN" for English). Click this icon to switch languages when you are ready to type.
For Macintosh, follow the instructions above in the fonts section for installing the Language Pack for your language. Once you have installed the language pack you will have a menu for switching languages in the upper-right side of your screen.
If your page does not display completely, hold down the shift key (or option key on a Macintosh) and click "Reload" or "Refresh".
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