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This page helps you make full use of this web site by testing your browser's capabilities. If you are a casual user and just “poking around” this web site, then you can click the Next Page button and keep on surfing. However, you might miss some cool things, like the audio streams available on this site.

Audio Player

Many Flutopedia pages have audio streams that you can play using a small audio player that appears on the web page. Most of these audio streams are examples of playing technique or small teaching lessons. Here is an example of the audio player:

Whispering Sunrise (excerpt)

Peter Dubner and Clint Goss.

If you do not see an audio player above this line, go to the Troubleshooting section of the Audio Player page.

This audio stream is a short excerpt from Whispering Sunrise - track 5 on the CD Alba - Meditations on Sunrise, with Eugene Carr on cello, Peter Dubner on piano, and I'm playing a G minor flute by Kai Mayberger of White Raven Drums.

Many of the audio streams have a little Flute used on this audio stream icon next to them. Clicking on the icon gives you information on the flute(s) used on that audio stream:

Whispering Sunrise (excerpt)

Peter Dubner and Clint Goss. G minor flute of Eastern Red Cedar by Kai Mayberger. G minor flute of Eastern Red Cedar by Kai Mayberger


Some material on Flutopedia uses unusual character sets for text in non-English languages. This occurs particularly for citations and titles from some references, names of world instruments, as well as some material written in Aboriginal languages. If your browser is correctly set up for displaying basic multilingual characters from some common languages, then the characters:

Δ, Й, ק, م, ŵ, þ, ๗, , , and

… will look like the Greek capital letter “Delta”, Cyrillic capital letter “Short I”, the Arabic letter “Meem”, the Hebrew letter “Qof”, the Welsh "w" with a "to bach", the Icelandic lower-case letter "Thorn", Thai numeral 7, Japanese Hiragana “A”, simplified Chinese “Leaf”, traditional Chinese “Leaf”, and a Korean Hangul syllable “Nyaerh”, respectively. For some more fun, here are various world currency symbols:

¥ · £ · € · $ · ¢ · ₡ · ₢ · ₣ · ₤ · ₥ · ₦ · ₧ · ₨ · ₩ · ₪ · ₫ · ₭ · ₮ · ₯
¥ · £ · € · $ · ¢ · ₡ · ₢ · ₣ · ₤ · ₥ · ₦ · ₧ · ₨ · ₩ · ₪ · ₫ · ₭ · ₮ · ₯

If these characters do not display properly (they may appear as blank boxes or question marks), then visit the Flutopedia Font Installation page.

Sequoyah's syllabary in his original order

Sequoyah's syllabary in his original order More information

Also, there is material written in Aboriginal languages that is set in the Unicode characters for those languages. For example, the written form of Cherokee, as developed by ᏎᏉᏯ [se-kwoh-yah] (as his name is often spelled today in Cherokee, ᏍᏏᏉᏯ as he signed his name). If the name of ᏎᏉᏯ does not display properly (it may appear as blank boxes or question marks), then visit the Flutopedia Font Installation page.

The Aboriginal character sets can properly represent characters such as the Hawaiian long vowels (ā ē ī ō ū), the Cheyenne ringed vowels (å), Oneida upside-down "v" (ʌ), Athabaskan nasal vowels (ą ę į ų), and the Pacific coast schwas, raised consonants and ejectives (ə kw q̓), text in Chickasaw, Cree, Inuktitut (ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ), Lakota, Micmac (Míkmawísimk), Mohawk, Náhuatl, Ojibway, Quechua, plus much more.

For a more comprehensive test of Aboriginal fonts, see Chris Harvey's Dakelh and Siouan Test Pages.

Fonts with PDF

None of the font issues discussed on this page should be an issue for PDF documents downloaded from Flutopedia. All PDF files have the necessary characters needed to display the document embedded in the PDF file itself.

QuickTime Virtual Reality Images

There are a few QuickTime® VR (QTVR) images ([Chen-SE 1995]) available on this site, such as the one below. This is a QTVR from the Cobb Institute Museum, item #02-1978-012. You should be able to manipulate these images using your mouse:

Mayan-style ceramic flute, 800 CE More information

Ceramic bird-effigy ocarina

Example of a ceramic
bird-effigy ocarina Larger image

Non-English Language Text

In addition to displaying non-English language text in the appropriate font, this web site codes any text that is in non-English languages so that text-to-speech systems can correctly alter pronunciation to suit the language.

However, some ambiguities exist. For example, text in pinyin on this web site refers to Hanyu Pinyin, the system of writing Mandarin Chinese using the Roman alphabet with diacritical marks, and not the language spoken in Northwest Cameroon. For this reason, pinyin text is not coded as a separate language.

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