webOS Character Sets

6 BY sfeaster

We sometimes get questions about which languages our default Prelude font supports. In this post, we will give a brief overview of our character sets, supported languages, and encoding.

To begin with, Prelude supports all of the following character sets, as defined by Windows code pages:

  • Windows 1252 Latin 1 / Mac OS Roman
  • Windows 1250 Latin 2 Eastern Europe / Mac OS Central European
  • Windows 1251 Cyrillic / Mac OS Cyrillic
  • Windows 1253 Greek / Mac OS Greek
  • Windows 1254 Turkish / Mac OS Turkish
  • Mac OS Romanian
  • Mac OS Croatian
  • Mac OS Icelandic
  • Mac OS Turkish
  • Windows 1257 Baltic

The supported languages include:

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Basque
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

Note that the Windows code pages are very similar to the ISO-8859 family of character sets, so we support all the characters in the ISO character sets as well.

There is also browser font support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, which means that these languages are supported as content viewed in either the browser or in an email message.

If you want to learn more about localizing your app then be sure to check out our article on the topic here. You might also want to check out our tools section for scripts that can help you to localize your app.

For webOS 2.0, we’re adding a new globalization loadable framework that provides routines to parse and format international phone numbers, names, and eventually even more. To be among the first to try out this new library, be sure to join the webOS 2.0 Early Access program!

Comments (6)

  1. Daniel Dorau says:

    Please make sure you support iso-8859-15 as well, at least for shown content in websites and emails. Emails in Germany are often encoded that way and I had phones in the past that decided to not show them at all, even though the difference to iso-8859-1 is just 8 characters IIRC.

  2. hertzi says:

    Maybe it should have been added that most languages with special characters are read only (Romanian for example).

  3. Amer says:

    Is that means Arabic/Hebrew support are both Comes to WebOS 2.0 ? please Palm add them at least to be supported in Browser and Email app .. plz

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