Symbol font to Unicode converter

Many web pages use the Symbol font to display Greek text. This technique is disapproved by the W3C. The Mozilla browser follows the W3C rules and rejects the Symbol font. To display Greek text in Mozilla, Unicode must be used. See Using Greek and Special Characters... for more detail.

Look at the name 'Alexander' in Greek using the Symbol font ALEXANDROU and using Unicode ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. If the text in blue looks Greek (has a triangle in the middle) then your browser uses the disapproved method of rendering with the symbol font. If the text in red looks Greek then your browser supports Greek characters in Unicode. Even if the blue text doesn't look Greek you can still use this page to convert it to Unicode and HTML.



HTML 4.x:

Cut and paste symbol font text into the 'Symbol' field and click 'Convert!' to get an approximate Unicode translation and matching HTML. Note that some characters don't convert, some fonts can't display all these characters, and some browsers don't support Unicode properly yet. This page requires Netscape 4.5, IE 5, or other JavaScript 1.3-compatible browser.

Linux: Netscape 4.x won't display the Symbol font because of face encoding issues. There is a workaround. Also remember that if 'override document-specified fonts' is set in the preferences the Symbol font won't be visible!
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