RE: Generic Unicode font handling

From: Hoon Kim (
Date: Tue Nov 16 1999 - 17:17:39 EST

For Korean fonts, 10pt is sufficient. For Traditional Chinese, 12pt may be
Of course they need to be optimized for that point size.

-----Original Message-----
From: A. Vine []
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 5:00 PM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Re: Generic Unicode font handling

Michael Kaplan wrote:
> Well, I can state from experience with the FE market, if you do not have 9
pt fonts, you may as well
> save yourself the trouble of localizing into their language. And I do not
blame them, considering
> the complexity of the glyphs.
> An easy workaround is to use 9 pt across the board, then everyone is
happy. You can use 9 pt MS Sans
> and all will be displayed.
> Note that other fonts like Tahoma (world-wide except for FE) and Arial
Unicode (world-wide, no
> exceptions) are considered to be ugly at 9 pt in some languages by design
folks (I don't mind 9 pt
> Tahoma much myself, and I have never heard of a product's sales being
affected by that the same way
> it will be affected in the FE markets to shrink their glyphs down to
> So, to recap: 9 pt MS Sans everyhere, then use the earlier stated
guidelines for what order to
> localize with so you cn resize controls appropriately before most
localizers have to worry about it
> (easy if you pick your pilot languages carefully).
> michka

Admittedly I haven't tried this, but 9pt sounds _exceptionally_ small. I
even use it in English. The online font settings I use (on Solaris/CDE) are
usually 12pt. Is there some difference in display on the PC? Is there
else who can attest to 9pt for Asian language characters?


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