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This article is less complete in its discussion of ISO character sets than the corresponding MediaWiki User's Guide: Creating special characters/Turkish. If anyone has sufficient knowledge, it would be great to bring it up to that standard.

The Romanian alphabet contains six letters not present in most standard 8-bit character sets, nor are four of them found in most readily available fonts, including those commonly used in Romania, and that will therefore present problems for MediaWiki use: upper- and lowercase "A" with breve, upper- and lowercase "S" with comma, and upper- and lowercase "T" with comma. These last are often substituted by the (slightly) more tractable upper- and lowercase "S" with cedilla and upper- and lowercase "T" with cedilla.

When authoring HTML that uses the more unusual Romanian characters, the following information may be useful:

Upper case Lower case Upper case encoding Lower case encoding Notes
Ă ă &#x102; &#x103;  
 â &Acirc; &acirc; This has a standard HTML entity, so should present no problem.
Î î &Icirc; &icirc; This has a standard HTML entity, so should present no problem.
Ș ș &#x218; &#x219; "s" with comma, more correct, but not widely supported
Ş ş &#x15E; &#x15F; "s" with cedilla, considered less correct
Ț ț &#x21A; &#x21B; "t" with comma, more correct, but not widely supported
Ţ ţ &#x162; &#x163; "t" with cedilla, considered less correct

The following string may be useful to keep open in an editing Window to cut and paste when working on Romanian-language content:

  • Ă Â Î Ş Ţ ă â î ş ţ

There is extensive relevant discussion at ro:Discuţie Wikipedia:Limba română conţine diacritice; the discussion is in a mixture of English and Romanian.

See also MediaWiki User's Guide: Creating special characters

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