>SO how the heck do I find the "code" that tells it to use the dingbat glyph I
John pointed you to the Unicode site already, but the best tool for finding and
inserting glyphs that I've found is the SC Unipad text editor (www.unipad.org).
although it's a bit pricey ($99), it gives you ready access to all of the
unicode characters, and is probably the best way to understand what Unicode is.
You can use the unregistered version on text files <1KB, so why not download it
and give it a try.
I used it to generate this page, which contains all the characters that I think
browsers and fonts should support. Try viewing it with IE, NN4, and Mozilla:
As for your larger question, I've got a few ideas to play around with, but I
think the answer in the end is going to be simply "the specs say it shouldn't
work, so it usually doesn't".
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