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Te Taurawhiri I Te Reo Māori Māori Language Commission
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Reading Macrons - Issues

Introduction

Over a 12 month period Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori kept statistics of it's visitors browser versions and operating systems. As a result we have changed the way we display macrons. We now use UTF-8 macrons as opposed to the two dots over vowels that needed a specialised Māori font to display a macron.

UTF-8 macrons create true macrons with out the need for Māori fonts. The only downside is that they do not display correctly in older computers and older browsers.

Windows 95 and higher operating systems support Unicode as does Office 2000 in a Windows 95 and higher environment. Mac operating system 6.8 and higher will read Unicode in web pages only if you are using Netscape 4.3 or higher. Windows 95 or higher will read Unicode in web pages with most common browsers 1.

One important point fact that should be noted is to make sure you specify what font you want the viewer to read your page in. If their browser has a default Māori font, it will show boxes instead of Unicode 2.

Seeing Squares or ? instead of macrons.

Internet Explorer 4 and above and Netscape Navigator 4 and above can read UTF8 macrons. If you do not have a modern browser, download the latest versions: Internet Explorer 6. Netscape Navigator 6.

If you have a modern browser please read the next section - "How to configure your browser".

How to configure your browser

Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher - Go to the View menu and select Encoding. Then select UTF-8 or Auto Select.

Netscape Navigator - Go to the View menu and select Character set. Then select UTF-8.

If you are still seeing squares you may need a Unicode font on your system. These can be obtained by clicking here.

Further Questions

If you require further information regarding macron technology or how to view macrons correctly please view www.maori.org.nz or contact Karaitiana.

1. www.maori.org.nz "Introduction to Unicode" - Resource for Māori writers of Internet pages and computer applications. Karaitiana Taiuru.

2.www.maori.org.nz "Introduction to Unicode" - Resource for Māori writers of Internet pages and computer applications. Karaitiana Taiuru.

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