Basic Latin (Unicode block) problem?

Recently my web browser (chrome) started displaying little blocks instead of text.

Here I have an example of the problem (from the yahoo login website):

I have no idea how to solve this and since this is sort of a 'typographical' problem I thought you guys might be able to help.

Here is a larger image of the symbol:

I can still copy and paste the text and it will display the right text, so I think it has to do something with the font. Anyone have any idea what might cause this problem?

Open Source - Modak Devanagari & Latin


Modak is a Free and Open Source, Heavy-Chubby Devanagari-Latin display typeface. The design started off as one of our heavy hand sketched letterform explorations. The characters were cute/round and not bulky/rigid. The consonants and Matras were overlapping, instead of them being successive characters.

The resulting typeface is one of its kind and probably the chubbiest Devanagari typeface to be designed so far.

This project is led by Ek Type, a collective of type designers based in Mumbai focused on designing contemporary Indian typefaces. To contribute, see

Is't possible to make different glyph for same unicode codepoint with dependencies on language tag?


As most of contents are now written in unicode, there are some cases where two (or more) slightly different character from different language are emerged into one unicode codepoint, making them shared the same codepoint, but usually two (or more) different fonts would required to display them correctly because one glyph style are pointing to one codepoint only. So, what I'm thinking now is how can I merged them and include both glyph in one font because I am using both in same article, and there are some programs which can only load one font at one time despite have language tag support in it.

Pendula, a new release


Pendula™ is an adaptation of Pittorseques Droites (Scenic Casual) found in the circa 1924 specimen book of La Fonderie Typographique Francaise. Changes to a very small number of the original characters were made to make the typeface work better with more languages, as well as for aesthetic reasons. A newly designed Cyrillic character set was added to make the design even more useful, enlarging the character set from the basic Latin set to over 650 glyphs covering seven languages. Pendula™ also includes tabular and proportional number sets plus a bonus set of over thirty monetary symbols. Other international symbols were included too. It is a wonderfully casual and flexible design, usable in many situations.

Looking for an italic Latin/Cyrillic font similar to GFS Solomos


I'm looking for an italic font with wide Latin and Cyrillic support that looks similar to this Greek font, GFS Solomos. Here's a sample, Romans 3:21-26 (the first word is in GFS Decker for small caps):

The closest thing I have right now is the italic version of Garamond, but it's not quite right--the strokes are too thin and the letters are too narrow. The sample below compares similar glyphs, GFS Solomos on left, italic Garamond on right:

Thanks so much in advance!

Pairing Japanese and Latin Type


I am working on an exhibition about Samurai for an American art museum and am looking for designers that I might consult in choosing an appropriate Japanese typeface.

Japanese will only be used for select wall graphics and headings, and not for lengths of text. We have a curator on staff that is available to write, edit, and proof any text, but I am very much out of my league when it comes to understanding the design connotations of Japanese fonts. I am not so terrified of pairing Garamond with the Japanese version of Hobo (an obvious clash), as I am with pairing the Latin and Japanese equivalents of Bodoni and Tisa in a single headline.



Eskorte is a hardworking Latin-Arabic type family with an uncomplicated, regular appearance that conveys a crisp, businesslike tone. Its compact range of styles has been designed for easy use by non-designers in offices of legal and academic institutions, and corporate environments. Eskorte supports Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and over ninety languages using the Latin script.

The various styles were designed together, resulting in a smooth, coherent style across the family. The italics take on livelier, more fluid forms that echo the design of the Arabic, allowing them to sit perfectly together, while the extrabold adds punch to official announcements and notices.

The Arabic was designed in consultation with Titus Nemeth.

Latin script with cursive attachment


To create a connecting script, for Latin use,
I was searching to get the 'Cursive attachment' working on a script that is written from left to right.

Any chances I get this to work in Latin text?
or any other technique to connect glyphs together with anchors?
If someone can reference to an example, it would make understanding of 'feature curs' easier

On the OpenType Feature File Specification
it is not mentioned it is only possible with right to left scripts.
But on other sources, there is stated it doesn't work with left to right, like

Ps, is it required to work with .init and .fina if I want to work with 'curs'?
Most times it is done so…

Webfont that supports Latin, Greek, and Hebrew alphabets?

I'm designing a blog for a theologian, which means he'll be occasionally writing in (biblical) Hebrew and Greek. If possible I'd like to steer off the beaten path and use a webfont. Do you know of any webfonts that offer this kind of language support?

[I initially thought of Gentium, which would be a great choice, but the webfont version only includes the Latin alphabet.]

Thanks in advance for your help.

EDIT: just noticed Gentium does indeed include WOFF files for Gentium Plus, but I'm trying my best to avoid self-hosting the files. Still, I guess there's my first typeface for the list. Any others?

Yacht name font

Hey Typophile,

First post, thanks in advance. Looking for the font that this "Rose Tena" yacht name is made of. The image above came from a photograph, I cut it out of the photo and straightened it so it was vertical. The yacht is in the Midwest region of the USA. The lettering was applied with vinyl decals, and I would venture to say that it was done within the last 10 years. The unique part about this font is the "T". If we can identify that, I believe the rest of the font will follow. It feels like it has a spanish, or latin flair to me. Your help is greatly appreciated, as I have been tasked to use this particular font on another project.

Thank you,


cyrillic+latin Serif for Magazine


Hi there,

I'm looking for nice serif for a magazine.
It's a Magazine about Cars so the Serif should not be to sweet :)
It's published in several languages:
+ Russian

(also in Japanese, Chinese and Korean, but this is another problem but don't hold back)

Can anyone recommend a good latin+cyrillic serif?
I liked Arnhem and Albertina but don't know if they work.

I would be very happy if anyone could help!!

New Release: Skolar pan-European


The successful typefamily Skolar by David Březina, has been extended to a pan-European character set. This version supports around 90 languages that use the Latin, Cyrillic, or Greek scripts, featuring over 2400 glyphs. The Cyrillic was awarded a Special Diploma at the international type design competition Modern Cyrillic 2009 and won the first prize in the Cyrillic text type category at Granshan 2009. As a bonus, Skolar PE can correctly place any accent from the font above or below all Latin letters, a useful feature for many linguistic applications.

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Rosetta Type Foundry

Rosetta is an independent foundry, created by David Březina, Jose Scaglione and Veronika Burian, with a strong focus on multi-script typography. It is a response to the increasing interest and need, within the global market, for multi-script typefaces that are both technically and aesthetically of the highest standard. Rosetta is committed to promoting research and knowledge in that area and to support excellence in world script type design.

Matching Hebrew and Latin

This post describes how I have created matching Hebrew and Latin for my own font "Mike Hebrew".

I did not add this post to the "Creating a Merger of a Latin and a Non-Latin Font Style" because many of the replies did not deal with designing fonts. Furthermore don't want to be involved in criticizing other people's fonts, other people or to argue about history etc.

This design problem will be different for each kind of Hebrew font. If the Hebrew font is Frank Ruel then the solutions will be quite different to solutions that would be appropriate if the Hebrew font is Levenim. The is NO SINGLE SOLUTION.

What I write here only applies to matching the Hebrew and the Latin letters in my own "Mike Hebrew" font.

ITF Introduces Kohinoor, a super type family supporting Latin, Devanagari and Tamil


Hello Everyone!

The Indian Type Foundry is proud to present Kohinoor, a new super type family supporting Latin, Devanagari and Tamil, three of the most commonly used writing scripts of India.

Kohinoor is an elegant low contrast typeface suitable for both body and display text. It comes in 5 upright styles, and where available also with corresponding Italics. As all ITF fonts, Kohinoor is a Unicode-compliant font and has full support for the conjuncts and ligatures.

Kohinoor's Bengali, Gujarati and Gurmukhi versions will be available in 2011.

Thank you!