__/ [ cordial_camaraderie ] on Wednesday 22 March 2006 08:17 \__
> Normally these characters are used in other languages i.e French,
> german etc
> Does the use of these extended characters increases the site download
> time ??
> Should we use this or not....
> Please suggest us !!
If you vary your default charset, then the browser may have to use additional
services, which could lead to lag. The lag seems to be significantly long
for non-Latin languages such as Chinese or Arabic. For Latin languages, the
lag is not significant. Although it's a a no-no from the point-of-view of
Web standards, you could use Western (standard English) charset and embed
"é" or "ê" as images. Some Web sites handle the yet-loosely-supported Euro
symbol in this manner.
Hope it helps,
PS - I imagine it has a similar effect on search engines, including the
inclination to assign a page to a certain localised search. The language
attributes are probably more important though.
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