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I've had this problem for a while now. I have a x86 Debian Sarge install with XFree86 4.3.0. If I use Firefox (1.5) and visit a site with Asian fonts, the characters that I assume are Chinese characters show up as square boxes with 4 letters/numbers inside of them, 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom. If this doesn't make any sense, here is a small screenshot of what I see:
I've just used Debian's 'aptitude' and installed every xfont package that looked like it would contain Asian fonts, but I'm still seeing those boxes. I even exited my X windows session and they are still there.
I'm also seeing these on Amazon's site as well. I did a 'view source' and found this little block of code:
<b class="price">$26.37</b>   </span>
I did a Google search and found (http://www.tntluoma.com/sidebars/codes/) that says the 8194 is a special html code for 'en space'. This page shows examples of other special characters, which all display fine in my browser, except for these 'en space' codes which still show up as blocks.
Does this give anyone a clue as to what I might be missing?
well, the thing is, I don't think firefox is doing the correct encoding for viewing, or it may be but you don't have any unicode fonts. A couple of things to try, is to try those pages with other browsers. Try that google cache page with firefox again, but manually set the encoding to UTF-8 and see if it comes up good. If it doesn't, then it's a font problem. If it does come up good, then it's a browser issue. X fonts, from my knowledge aren't unicode fonts, so you can install all the X fonts you want, but it's not going to help the problem.
Unfortunately, all the URLs where I got my fonts are gone now. I'm packaging it up and it's uploading to my host right now, but it's a 29 MB upload. I'll post a link to those fonts when it's done uploading.
Also, If you have access to MS word, copy the fonts in windows and install them in your linux box as MS Office will install unicode fonts.