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A linguistic mystery [May. 22nd, 2006|10:32 pm]
Beemer
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Some time ago, something happened to my browser at work, and now, whenever it encounters greek letters, instead of displaying them normally (that is, as greek letters), it displays them in some weird mystery alphabet. I went trolling through various webpages trying to identify it, but to no avail.

So I'm wondering: does anyone know what lanaguage this is? And for special bonus points, can you tell my why my browser (Firefox, running on linux) has decided that it likes this alphabet better than the normal Greek one, and how I might persuade it to change its mind back?

And if nobody can identify it, well, here, at least I can give you some entertainment: look at this wacky alphabet!

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[User Picture]From: flwyd
2006-05-23 09:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Experiment

In the first case it's rendering HTML into (presumably) unicode; in the second case it's displaying unicode directly. Maybe it's slipped into the wrong charset encoding (Windows 1251 instead of UTF-8 or something?).
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-05-24 01:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Experiment

Here's something even wackier:

Some of the letters show up as normal Greek, not Syriac, if they're in italics!

These look normal: α δ ε π σ τ φ

These look weird: β γ ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο ρ υ χ ψ ω
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