Latin-2 (Central European) Encoding
Although these languages use the Western alphabet, Czech and Slovak includes accented letters (e.g. č, š) which may not be found in all fonts.
Note: The term Central European is sometimes used to refer to the languages which use accented letters not common in Western European languages.
Many common fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, Comic Sans, Calibri, Cambria, Palatinto and many more do include these characters.
Third Party Fonts
Below are some additional third party Unicode fonts which include Central European characters.
- SIL Fonts – The SIL has created multiple fonts with IPA characters including:
- Andika – Designed for new readers. It could be suitable for some students with reading disorders.
- Doulos SIL – Includes Greek, Cyrillic
- Charis SIL – Font family and includes Greek, Cyrillic
- Gentium – From SIL. Very readable
- Quivira – Modelled on Garamond and includes ancient language, basic Cyrillic/Armenian/Georgian and math/astronomical symbols.
Note: Many fonts designed to include phonetic characters or Greek and Western letters include Central European characters. Additional Central European or Extended Latin fonts may be available online, but users should be sure they are properly encoded fonts before installing them.
Microsoft provides keyboard utilities for Central European languages which allow you to type Central European Characters.
Note: Neither the Windows International
Keyboard or ALT code repertoire includes Central European characters.
- See detailed keyboard activation instructions for different versions of the Windows operating system.
- To see where the critical keys are, go to the Microsoft Keyboard Layouts Page.
- You can also input characters from the Character Map. This can be useful if you only need to insert characters into only a few words.
Extended Keyboard Hacheck Code Option+V
You can activate the Extended Keyboard to input Central European characters.
Once the extended keyboard is activated, you can type hachecks typing Option+V, then the letter. For instance:
- Lower case C Hacheck (č) would be Option+V, then C.
- Capital C Hachek (Č) would be Option+V, then Shift+C.
Slovenian Mac Keyboard Utilities
Apple also has keyboard utilities for most Central European languages. See instructions for activating a Macintosh keyboard for more details.
Web Development and Language Codes
If you have your browser configured correctly, the Web sites below should display
the correct characters.
Note: If a site displays gibberish, see the Browser Setup page for debugging information.
utf-8) is the preferred encoding for Web sites. However, the following historic encodings may still be encountered.
win-1250(aka "Windows Encoding")
Language Tags allow browsers and other software to process Czech and Slovak text more efficiently. The appropriate codes are:
sl(Slovenian, not si for Slovenia)
Inserting Unicode Character Codes for HTML
The Entity Codes
Use these codes to input accented letters in HTML. For instance, if you want
to type sodišče you would type
Be sure the appropriate Encodings and Language Tags are used.
Capital C hachek
|Š||Š Capital S hachek|
Capital Z hachek
NOTE: Because these are Unicode characters, the formatting may not exactly match that
of the surrounding text depending on the browser.
Slovenian Language Links
Central European Computing
Linux is used in the region so a search for specific issues may be useful.