Here's a short list of the things you need on your computer in order to use this site most effectively:
a Unicode font that covers the IPA range of characters
In order for your browser to draw all those cute little phonetic symbols, you'll need at least one of the following three fonts installed on your computer:
These web-pages will use the fonts in the above order of preference (i.e., if you have both Gentium and Doulos installed, you'll see Gentium).
Actually, you should be able to get these pages to work with any Unicode font at all that has coverage of the IPA range of characters, though you might need some trickery to set it as your browser's default font.
For a more complete list of possible fonts and more in-depth explanations, you can go to John Wells' page on IPA and Unicode.
specifically, a browser that can handle Cascading Style Sheets. (This is so the browser can tell which stretches are regular text and which stretches should use the phonetics font.)
If you simply can't get any recent browser, you should still be able to see the pages fairly well if you set your ancient browser's default font to one of those listed above (but not Arial, please -- that's too hideous to think about).
Quick warning about syllabic [n]:
After you've set up your font as described above, compare the following two symbols:
If they look different, you're done. Go learn phonetics. If they look the same, then you're unfortunately the victim of yet another piece of Microsoft incompetence. If you're using Windows XP, installing Service Pack 1 has been known to solve the problem. Otherwise, you're just going to have to use your imagination and pretend that every time you see [ƞ] (but not [ŋ]!) you're really seeing an [n] with a little vertical line under it, just like the little vertical line under the following: [m̩], [ɹ̩], [z̩]. I'll warn you again when the time come. Now go learn phonetics.
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