Double-Byte Character Support in Internet Surveys

Double byte characters (e.g., Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic) do not display properly on Web pages unless the page contains a Meta Tag to tell the browser what type of character set is being used. Additionally, the ability to display right to left has been added.

For example, to display a Hebrew font, you could use:

<META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-8'>

or

<META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1255'>

You can set the character set on the Web pages created by StatPac by a setting in the StatPac.ini file.

1) Select File/Load/System Defaults File
2) Search for: HTML_MetaTag =
3) Type (or paste) the Meta Tag after the equals symbol
4) Click the Save (diskette) icon
5) Select File/Close

In the StatPac.ini file, the entire line might look like this:

HTML_MetaTag = <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-8'>

The following table contains the character set encoding for many of the most popular languages:

Language

Meta Tag

Chinese Traditional (Big5)    <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=big5'>
Korean (EUC) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=euc-kr'>
Western Alphabet <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-1'>
Central European Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-2'>
Latin 3 Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-3'>
Baltic Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-4'>
Cyrillic Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-5'>
Arabic Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-6'>
Greek Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-7'>
Hebrew Alphabet (ISO) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=iso-8859-8'>
Cyrillic Alphabet (KOI8-R) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=koi8-r'>
Japanese (Shift-JIS) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=shift-jis'>
Universal Alphabet (UTF-8) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=utf-8'>
Central European Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1250'>
Cyrillic Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1251'>
Western Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1252'>
Greek Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1253'>
Turkish Alphabet <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1254'>
Hebrew Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1255'>
Arabic Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1256'>
Baltic Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1257'>
Vietnamese Alphabet (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-1258'>
Thai (Windows) <META HTTP-EQUIV='Content-Type' CONTENT='text/html; charset=windows-874'>

The StatPac.ini file also has the ability to set the page text to flow from right to left.

1) Select File/Load/System Defaults File
2) Search for: HTML_htmlstart =
3) Type after the equals symbol:  dir='rtl'
4) Click the Save (diskette) icon
5) Select File/Close

In the StatPac.ini file, the entire line might look like this:

HTML_htmlstart = dir='rtl'

The above settings in the StatPac.ini file are next to each other and the changes can be made at the same time