Listing fonts by language support

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Patrick Lee's picture
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Listing fonts by language support
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I’m trying to pick out a font that supports Vietnamese. I can’t seem to figure out a way for Windows to tell me which fonts on my system do, and I can’t even find a place on Adobe’s website that lists which of theirs do. The best I’ve been able to figure out is entering “gỏi cuốn” as the sample text in NexusFont and scrolling through a list of all my installed fonts to see which ones don’t look funny.

Surely there’s a better way?

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Tom Gewecke's picture
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Joined: 4 May 2008 - 8:54am
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On a Mac what I would do is open Character Viewer, select one of the Vietnamese characters like ố, and go to the Font Variation pane, where I would see how this looks in each of the fonts on the system. I guess that is about the same as what you are doing on Windows, and I don't know of any other way...

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Tom's trick would work on Windows using "character map" or the "insert symbol" option in Office.

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Joined: 18 Jun 2003 - 11:00am
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Terminal Design's Latin 512, Fervent and Social font families all support Vietnamese.

Igor Freiberger's picture
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Joined: 20 Jun 2008 - 8:44pm
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Try the MyFonts advanced search using Vietnamese as criteria. To get reliable results, chose "Enter your own text" in Sample text drop down menu and enter some Vietnamese characters, as ẳầấẫẩằắẵđểơư.

Another idea is to take a look on font management applications. Maybe some of them could search your fonts by language support.

There is a recent font named Cadao which is focused on Vietnamese support. I am not sure if it was already released. In a near future, this project will be available with full Vietnamese support, besides a sans serif companion.