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A Method to Alter Netscape Configuration for Symbols displayed on Windows-Based Systems

Although Netscape is attempting to standardize things by utilizing Adobe standards for rendering symbols, it simply doesn't work on most Windows-based computers. To get Netscape 6/7 to see these symbols you need to alter a configuration file in the Netscape program directory. The encoding of fonts for the Netscape browser is set in a file called

Change to the directory containing this file. On my system it is located at \Program Files\Netscape\Netscape 7\res\fonts

Open with a Text editor.

Find the line containing the symbols definition. It should look like:
     # Symbol font
     encoding.symbol.ttf = Adobe-Symbol-Encoding

Comment out the existing line by placing a '#' character at the beginning of the line.

Now enter
     encoding.symbol.ttf = windows-1252

The result should look like :
     # Symbol font
     # encoding.symbol.ttf = Adobe-Symbol-Encoding
     encoding.symbol.ttf = windows-1252

Save the file and restart your Netscape browser.

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