National characters in HTML

Grzesiek Staniak (
Mon, 9 Jan 1995 22:01:05 +0100

Hello to everybody,

A beginner's question: what do I do to represent national characters in
HTML? I would like to write some HTML pages using Latin2 characters. Can
I just introduce a different character set for these documents and tell
the browser to use the upper half of the 852 code page by inserting
character references in the document? I know there's a patch for X Mosaic
that allows for representing national characters, but is there a way to
make the Windows clients show the diacritics I need? I suppose in a few
years' time the problem will disappear due to the introduction of the
Unicode standard, but for the time being I'd like to be able to show
people nice pages with text they instantly recognize (in my language,
Polish, missing diacritics do not prevent understanding of text, but
quite often create ambiguities that have to be resolved from the context -
takes a moment).

Thanks a lot for help,

Grzesiek Staniak