Using Other Languages or Text Character Sets

Editing websites and templates with other language code

Sticky Note Other Website Languages
Any website or Allwebco template can be modified to display any language. Editing webpages with another language character set can be tricky to get right. We do not provide support for this type of editing, however, the following information will give you the basic codes and help you'll need.

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Different HTML versions
Check your HTML webpages to see what version of HTML you're using before you use the code below. Although the code is interchangeable, it's best to use the correct tags. HTML 4.01 charset declarations are allowed in HTML5 webpages.

Important Note: If you have only a few special or accented characters to add, and do not want to change the meta "charset" in each page, you can optionally use the HEX codes for each individual character. See HEX codes for HTML.

HTML 5 Codes
Language attribute - HTML5 webpages
To use a character set specifically for your language with accented, and other special characters, edit the following line at the top of each HTML page:

Edit the following from "en" (english) to your language code.

<html lang="en">

Go to W3Schools for language codes. Test your webpages and see if this is all that's required. If not, see the next section.

Charset meta - HTML5 webpages
Once you set the language you may, or may not, need to edit the following meta tag in each HTML page to allow for more language characters. The following is the HTML5 default:

<meta charset="UTF-8">

Optionally edit to the following (added international characters):

<meta charset="ISO-8859-1">

Or optionally use the following (Windows character set):

<meta charset="windows-1252">

You may (or may not in some cases) need to then save your pages as ANSI or Unicode. See "saving with encoding" below on this page.

Optionally, you can use the following older HTML 4.01 charset code.

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

For more help editing the above code for your language, try a search at Google for "meta charset your language" as in this example Google search.

HTML 4.01 Codes
Charset meta - HTML 4.01 webpages
HTML 4.01 templates only (older standards). Edit the following meta tag in each HTML page for your language character set:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

For more help editing the above code for your language, try a search at Google for "meta charset your language" as in this example Google search. View other sections below on this page.

Multilingual template setup
Most Allwebco template users that setup a multilingual website place a copy of the template in a sub-folder for each language. There are no re-use fees for using copies of a template in folders on the same website. To link into and out of folders see: placing template files in sub-folders.

Using multiple character sets
You can mix character sets if you use the "HTML Decimal Code and Hexadecimal Code for ASCII" for your second or third languages. You'll be using "codes" for each special character rather than placing the actual characters in the HTML. See the following links:

Saving files in Notepad with other encoding
When saving HTML pages, .js files and the flash.txt in Notepad, do a "save as" and check to see what save options you have under encoding. One of the encoding save options may be for your character set. Also see the following Google search:

Google search: "notepad encoding save options"

For HTML pages and js files, like the menu.js or sidebar.js, do a "save as" and in the "Encoding" option choose "UTF-8" or "ANSI" or "Unicode" for special characters.

Language Encoding Save Options

Special characters in the flash.txt
Not all fonts used in the Flash header will support all characters. In some cases, you may need to edit, or have edited for you, the templates Flash animation to use a different font that includes all your characters.

Option #1: Check the HEX codes for HTML and Flash if you would like to add special characters in the template Flash animation.

Option #2: Save the flash.txt as encoding type "UTF-8" to include special characters in the template Flash animation. Here are some notes from template user Jónmundur Kjartansson of Reykjavik, Iceland:

User Notes: I have found a solution for the problem I was asking you about last November, I'm talking about letters with comma above, ó, í, á and so on, and special letters in Icelandic, æ, þ, ö. For example in my website title. The solution is to open the "flash.txt" with the Windows program Notepad and save it again as an Encoding type "UTF-8". I can now use all the Icelandic special letters in the Flash header logo.

Editing the Flash fonts for your language characters
The Flash animation may need to be edited with your language specific font. Your other option is to use the graphic logo option instead of the Flash animation included with all templates. See your "help.htm", in the options section, for graphic logo use details.

Translation Widgets
For automated translation widgets and gadgets see translating webpages into other languages.

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Free Language Selection Intro Page