Typeface language support for mobile apps

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Typeface language support for mobile apps
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Hey guys, I searched for this topic meticulously but I can`t seem to find good answers on the internet (maybe I looked in the wrong places, i can`t tell), so maybe some of you can help me out.

What is the correct procedure of carrying the look and feel of your mobile app typeface to the different markets, especially if the typeface doesn`t support certain glyphs like the asian ones. Are you actually looking for alternatives in the that language (if so where?), or are you simply using the iOS/Android unicode feature in which the device replaces the type with a standard OS typeface.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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I can’t comment on the font, but you’re using grave accent (backtick) instead of apostrophes; make sure you don’t do that in your app.

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Oh, good thing I don't text :)

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I would say "correct" depends a lot on your budget! :-/ I say this because ideally you'd like to have a custom font (or a custom extension to a font you're using) that handles everything you need, but that can be very expensive... On the other extreme you could do a passable job by carefully choosing free fonts; you won't get a high level of visual harmony, but people will certainly be able to read it. Somewhere in the middle: choose a libre (free to modify) font that has as much of what you need as possible, and pay somebody to extend it. It all depends on how visually picky you are.

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Late response, but wanted to say thanks : ) Wonder if there are companies who would offer a service regarding this.

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Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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There are many people who can do this for you, including some on Typophile, including yours truly. :-)
Feel free to email me: hpapazian at gmail dot com

hhp