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The Secret About Browsing Chinese HTML With Netscape Navigator On US version of Windows 95 or NT

Introduction

There is a hidden feature in Netscape Navigator 3.x which allows you to browse Chinese HTML on a US Windows 95 or NT 4.0. It also works with Netscape Communicator 4.x. I have tried Traditional Chinese (Big 5) successfully on NT 3.51 and NT4.0. Follow the instructions exactly is important.

1. You need to download the FREE fonts from Microsoft:

If you are using Windows 95 or NT 4.0, skip to step 2.

1.1 Special Trick for NT 3.5 users:

The packages listed above is origional designed for Windows 95 and NT 4.0. Edwin Kwan find a way to use them with Windows NT 3.51. So, if you are using Windows NT 3.51, you need to do the following special installing processes. If you are Win95 or NT 4.0 user, you just need to run the normal installation process.

  1. Run "xxxxxx.exe" (or other exe listed in the previous section) as usual. You can see it expand some TTF file.
  2. When the program stops saying that it won't complete under NT 3.51, switch to File Manager and look for a new temporary directory created by the installation program. (Don't click OK or Cancel when the installation program compalin to you, just switch to File Manager in that time. Otherwise, you won't find that temporary directory)
  3. Inside you will see one or two XXXX.TTF file. I also took XXXX.NLS file.
  4. Copy the files in the temporary directory to a different directory, say c:/IEFonts, then acknowledge the dialog box and let it zap the temporary files.
  5. Install the font manually by going to Control Panel/fonts/add....Specify the directory c:/IEFonts.
  6. Then you need to install the NLS file manually. (See below)

1.1.1 If you try to install Traditional Chinese Font:

  1. Copy "C_950.NLS" to the "system32" directory.
  2. Run "REGEDT32" and go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE".
  3. Under the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Nls/CodePage", add a value "950: REG_SZ: C_950.NLS".
  4. Reboot.

1.1.2 If you try to install Simplified Chinese Font:

  1. Copy "C_936.NLS" to the "system32" directory.
  2. Run "REGEDT32" and go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE".
  3. Under the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Nls/CodePage", add a value "936: REG_SZ: C_936.NLS".
  4. Reboot.

2. You need to turn on the UseUnicodeFont flag by hand

2.1 For Window 95 users:

  1. Quit Netscape Navigator 3.0
  2. Run "regedit"
  3. Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER Window
  4. Goto Software:Netscape:Netscape Navigator:INTL
  5. Select Menu "Edit:New:String Value"
  6. Type: "UseUnicodeFont" at Name field (Type defaults to REG_SZ, which is what we want)
  7. Type: "1" at Data field
  8. Launch Netscape Navigator 3.0 again

2.2 For Window NT users

  1. Quit Netscape Navigator 3.0
  2. run "regedt32"
  3. Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER Window
  4. Goto Software:Netscape:Netscape Navigator:INTL
  5. Select Menu "Edit:Add Value"
  6. Type: "UseUnicodeFont" at Value Name Field
  7. Type: "1" at string field
  8. Launch Netscape Navigator 3.0 again

3. Now, select the font from Netscape Navigator 3.0

  1. Select "General Preference" Menu Item under "Option" Menu.
  2. Select the "Font" tab.
  3. Select the language you want to set font. For example, "Japanese"
  4. Click "Chose Font" for Propoption Font, select the font you installed in step 1.
  5. Do the same thing for Fixed Font.
  6. Click OK to close the Font Preferences box. (Due to a bug in Netscape, you need to close the Font Preference box every time you set up a font for a particular language. )

Known Problems:

  • The text inside HTML FORM SELECT and INPUT field won't work. Try to use TwinBridge or UnionWay if you care...

If your browser has trouble reading Chinese Big5 font, read this.
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