Re: [xep-support] Configuring Asian Fonts How-To

From: W. Eliot Kimber (
Date: Sat Nov 09 2002 - 20:21:10 PST

W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
> Gustaf Liljegren wrote:
>> Eliot wrote:
>>> I am trying to configure XEP under Windows to render Asian languages
>>> (Japanes and Simplified Chinese to start with) and I'm not having
>>> much luck, but largely because I have no idea what I should be doing.
>> What you should be doing is to copy your CIDFont directory to /afm. You
>> normally find it in your Acrobat directory (also Acrobat Reader, if you
>> choosed to install CJK fonts). Then just call the fonts in 'font-family'
>> using the names or aliases specified in fonts.xml.
> I was able to make this work for Simplified Chinese (haven't tried for
> Japanese yet, but I'm sure it will work). Using the fonts with the
> latest Adobe CJK font packs for Windows

I was also able to use the Windows SimHei font (which I think is part of
the Windows regional support for Simplified Chinese):

    <font name="SimHei"

These two fonts produce slightly different effects in PDF--the Adobe
font uses a lighter stroke weight, so it's harder to read (lighter) but
probably more aesthetically pleasing (not that I know anything about the
aesthetics of ideographic scripts).

The SimHei font is what XSL Formatter uses as its default font for
Simplified Chinese (zh-CN).



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