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RE: Commonly used fonts for multiscript CSS

From: Russ Rolfe <rrolfe@windows.microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 11:51:18 -0700
Message-ID: <F7B97826912BC4419D5DDF53B216945302915812@WIN-MSG-10.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>
To: <ishida@w3.org>, <www-international@w3.org>

Richard,

What version of the platforms are you looking for XP/2000/ME?

Also here is a reference to what the default Font is for localized versions of Windows XP/2000.

http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/drintl/columns/017/default.mspx#Q2

Regards, Russ (rrolfe)
One of the World-Ready Guides (wrg)
Are you World-Ready?  http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev



-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Ishida [mailto:ishida@w3.org] 
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 11:13 AM
To: www-international@w3.org



[1] Does anyone know of a list of Unicode fonts that support specific scripts **and that one might expect users reading those scripts to have on their systems**?  This would need to be by platform, eg. Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.

The application for this is to get some ideas on how best to define font-family settings in CSS for a particular script so that you maximise the likelihood of people seeing the text in the script you choose, rather than defaulting to arial, helvetica, sans-serif or some such.

(I assume there'll usually be some guesswork involved - although on the other hand, there are probably some fairly safe bets too, eg. Mangal is likely to be a safe bet for Devanagari for most Windows XP users.)

[2] Wrt generic fallbacks, one possibility on Windows would be Arial Unicode MS, although not everyone will have that font.  Are there other such generic fallbacks on other plaforms?

RI

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