In the Beginning:
Displaying Khmer contents on the Web may seem like a daunting task, but
by testing and re-testing your design for a number of times you will get
the result you're after in the end. The trick is to design many pages
and upload them to your internet server; then try to view them on the
computers that do not have the typefaces you used for your Web pages.
If you see a bunch of meaningless Roman characters, you've flunked. You'll
have to go back and redo the whole thing all over again. If every thing
looks the way you wanted, no missing subcharacters and vowels, or outrageous
spaces uncontrollable by HTML or Cascading Style Sheet, you are ready
to take a break and have some coffee! Oh, make sure that what it is you
wrote on the screen is in Cambodian - not the language of the Aliens.
Are you ready?
OK, I am too. But before we start, let's check our stuff. Make sure that
you know exactly what you're going to put online. I've seen a few Web
sites that have Khmer features in them. They're usually created by Web
developers in Cambodia. And the stuff that they have on their sites are
news, sport articles, and sometimes political documents. The one site
that's very rich in Khmer contents is: http://www.everyday.com.kh.
Check it out, and you'll see for yourself. This site is fully functional
and almost flawless; however, they do use some Flash (.swf) files to ensure
that their Khmer statements will display seamlessly on viewers' screens.
Here're a few more sites with Khmer contents. After you've viewed them,
we'll put our own stuff (in Khmer) on the Net for the world to see.
- Phnom Penh
- Khmer.org in Lowell,