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I have a W98 with MSIE5.5 running, but the &sum character sign does not appear. Formulas which use this character aren't displayed correctly. Do other Windows people have the same problem?? Sigma is displayed correctly and could serve as a sum sign too. --StefanRybo

Looks ok for me under Win98SE/IE5.5, but long ago I grabbed the free fonts from Microsoft at and other locations, so that may be why. BTW, my default font is sans-serif, so the Greek letters look pretty plain (pi looks like a 3-sided box); the prod (∏) and sum (∑) glyphs retain the serifs and are larger too. See Hornlo/Test for some side-by-side, so to speak, comparisions of similar entity markups. They all, except the last 4 on the page, display correctly for me. --loh.

It works fine for me under WinME/IE 5.5. I haven't downloaded any extra fonts. --KQ

What is the char for the square root? √ ? should '&radic;' be used?

Mike Dill

√x will work on many browsers. It's outside the standard set, but the alternatives sqrt(x) or x1/2 are both pretty awkward, so if you really need it, use it. It should be up to the author's judgment whether the use of a nonstandard character is important enough for readability to sacrifice compatibility with text-only browsers and old software. --LDC

I need columns without a table (for the dates and places in war) how do i do this?

Currently the only way to do that is by using a fixed-width font. Start each line with a blank space and you'll get that. But what's wrong with using a table? It is, in fact, a table, right? --LDC

Please help I see no Polish national characters on the page Polish poets.
I see them in Lynx/Linux and do not in IE5.0/Win95

As with the Turkish characters, the Polish characters are not among those the W3C has chosen to make standard HTML entities. The only way to enter them right now is to use numeric Unicode references. I did this on the Polish poets page for you. I don't know enough about Polish to know if that's the whole set or not. If you can give me (or point me toward) a good overview of the complete Polish character set, I'll write up a page on Polish as I did for Turkish. --LDC
Thanks a lot. It's really nice of you. Let Wikipedia prosper ! --Kpjas

Some test data copied from Magnus Manske page:

Im using Netscape 4.7 and I see lambda as &lambda Joao

It's funny everyone complains about Micro$oft when IE seems to be the only browser that actually supports HTML4...
So, let's try unicode : λ Anyone sees a lambda here in Netscape or Konqueror?
Ideas to resolve this would be appreciated!

I see λ and λ as a lambda in Galeon (really Mozilla 0.9.4), and in Lynx on a UTF-8 terminal, but not in links, w3m, or Emacs W3.

After writing the above, I realised I'd read something about Netscape 4 only interpreting numeric entity references in the current page's character set. See [1] for more information. (This may break the display of Anders' last name above, since it's in ISO-8859-1, not UTF-8.) --Carey Evans

In Mozilla 0.9.5 λ and λ are lambda Taw