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Re: Commonly used fonts for multiscript CSS

From: <Peter_Constable@sil.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 18:28:06 -0500
To: <ishida@w3.org>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, www-international-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF9338BD50.00C92C63-ON86256D09.003D5288-86256D09.003ED7BD@sil.org>

Richard Ishida wrote on 04/14/2003 01:13:23 PM:

> [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.

On Windows:

The core fonts (I think this includes Arial, Courier New, Tahoma, Times 
New Roman and Verdana) provide coverage for all of the Windows codepages; 
this includes much but not all Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic. 
Their coverage has grown over the years, and I expect this may continue.

WinXP includes various fonts for Han, Hangul, Hiragana and Katakana. It 
also includes Mangal for Devanagari, Latha for Tamil, and the Sylfaen 
font, which supports Armenian and Georgian.

Note: I seem to recall that whether or not these fonts are actually 
installed depends on installation options. This may have changed from 
Win2k to WinXP, though.

> [2] Wrt generic fallbacks, one possibility on Windows would be Arial
> Unicode MS, although not everyone will have that font.

Arial Unicode MS is bundled with Office, not with Windows. Also, a large 
proportion of users don't select the installation options needed when 
installing Office that result in Arial Unicode MS getting installed on 
their system.

- Peter

Peter Constable

Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
Tel: +1 972 708 7485
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