Re: International Font to be Used

Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 08:19:25 EDT

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    From my experience, the default Windows GUI fonts on Win 2000 / XP are: MS
    UI Gothic (Japanese with Proportional Latin half-width characters),
    PMingLiu (Traditional Chinese with Proportional Latin half-width
    characters), and Simsun (Simplified Chinese Fixed).

    A problem I have found is that on Simplified Chinese Windows, the fixed
    pitch Simsun font is used as the GUI default font so some half-width Latin
    text might have some display problems. There is also a font on the
    Simplified Chinese system"called" Simsun Proportional, which would seem to
    be the better GUI font to use, but in fact, despite the name difference, it
    does not contain any half-width proportional characters. It appears to be
    exactly the same as Simsun fixed. I hope that Microsoft will fix this
    problem so that non-localized applications will still display Latin text
    correctly on a Simplified Chinese system.

    Best Regards,

    Robert Seaman

    Abdij Bhat <> on 2003/06/03 04:37:01

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    Subject: International Font to be Used

     We have a GUI software that is running on win NT/2K/XP/95/98/ME. The
    software is developed using Visual Studio 6 and has a common source code
    base for all supported Win OS.
     The GUI is to be internationalized. The minimum language support of the
    software are Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese,
    Spanish, UK Eng.
     We are using RC-Win Trans 7 as the localization tool. The tool by default
    sets Tahoma as the Font. What I wanted to know (confirm) is that will
    work for all languages (including East-Asian languages)? If not where can I
    find the information as to what Font goes with what Language (and OS if

    Thanks and Regards,
    Abdij Bhat
    Kshema Technologies
    Phone:+91 80 860 3600 (Extension 2102)
    Fax: +91 80 860 3372

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