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support of Arial Unicode MS font

Hello,

I'm using Epic 4.1.1 and WindowsXP trying to visualize the "vulgar
fraction Four Fifths" (U+2158) using the font "Arial Unicode MS".
(Result in the source is ⅘)

The visual result is a square symbol.
Why does Epic not show the right symbol, when I use the right font?
I can select this character in the character map of Windows and copy
paste it in MS Word without any problem.

Other general question: should I have to explicitly define the use of
the font Arial Unicode MS in the stylesheet to visualise ⅘

Making a small html-file with the character ⅘ gives me the
following result in a webbrowser:
- Internet Explorer: a square if I do not use STYLE="font-family: 'Arial
unicode MS" explicitly
- Firefox: the right visualisation without mentioning explicitly the
font (hurray for FireFox!!)



Thanks for any reply.
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Re: support of Arial Unicode MS font



Michiel,

It sounds like you are on the right track with explicitly defining the
Arial Unicode font. What I would do is verify the font Epic is using and
then using it in Word, see what the output is. If it is a square, then
obviously the font doesn't support the character. Then in your stylesheet
in Epic, change the font to the Arial Unicode and see what happens.

In Epic 5.1, the symbol entry is different than what it was in 4.1.1. The
selection window is not a list of all defined character entities, but
rather like the font window in Word. My default font is Times New Roman
and it does not have a 4/5 character. When I inserted this by changing the
font to the Arial Unicode MS, this is the result

Common tagging and text⅘/_font>

Going to an ASCII editor, I typed in the ⅘ entity and then pasted it
to Epic, getting this result

Common tagging and text ⅘

But the 4/5 character is showing, even in Times New Roman.

What may be happening is the font you're using does not support the
character number (Times New Roman does not have [in Epic] a value of 2158).
Try the character entity and see what happens, then change your default
font and see what happens with the Unicode value.

Lynn
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Re: support of Arial Unicode MS font

If you plan to use the content pipeline, the surest way to get that character all the way through is hang it off of an element and your stylesheet. We use <arialms_char type="charname"> and FOSI. The problem is that your XML will be parsed multiple times in the pipeline and Epic/E3 doesn't always maintain the association of font family and unicode character together.

We have a zapf_char element, too, for the funky graphic characters.
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Paul Nagai
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Re: support of Arial Unicode MS font

Hello Michiel,

You really need to use Epic 4.3 or later for custom font support.
I recommend Epic 4.4 or later to avoid some glitches that had to
be worked out.

In Epic 4.4 or later, this should just work out of the box.

Best regards,
Gary

>Hello,
>I'm using Epic 4.1.1 and WindowsXP trying to visualize the "vulgar fraction Four Fifths" (U+2158) using the font "Arial Unicode MS".
>(Result in the source is ⅘)
>The visual result is a square symbol.
>Why does Epic not show the right symbol, when I use the right font?
>I can select this character in the character map of Windows and copy paste it in MS Word without any problem.
>Other general question: should I have to explicitly define the use of the font Arial Unicode MS in the stylesheet to visualise ⅘
>Making a small html-file with the character ⅘ gives me the following result in a webbrowser:
>- Internet Explorer: a square if I do not use STYLE="font-family: 'Arial unicode MS" explicitly
>- Firefox: the right visualisation without mentioning explicitly the font (hurray for FireFox!!)
>Thanks for any reply.
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Re: support of Arial Unicode MS font

Hello,

In version 5.1B it is apparently sufficient to add the unicode character
⅘ without specifying the font: even if your document is in a
non-unicode font it will show "something" correct (even if it is NOT the
same rendering as if you specify the unicode font, like Arial UnicodeMS).
Maybe someone from Arbortext can explain how it works and which font is then
selected automatically (maybe there's also a setting somewhere?).

Hans-Joachim Bigalke

P.S.: I think font handling has changed dramatically from version 4.4 on.
Attention: this had also lead to composition changes for our documents,
which might be or not be of importance for your documents!



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Hello,

I'm using Epic 4.1.1 and WindowsXP trying to visualize the "vulgar fraction
Four Fifths" (U+2158) using the font "Arial Unicode MS".
(Result in the source is ⅘)

The visual result is a square symbol.
Why does Epic not show the right symbol, when I use the right font?
I can select this character in the character map of Windows and copy paste
it in MS Word without any problem.

Other general question: should I have to explicitly define the use of the
font Arial Unicode MS in the stylesheet to visualise ⅘

Making a small html-file with the character ⅘ gives me the following
result in a webbrowser:
- Internet Explorer: a square if I do not use STYLE="font-family: 'Arial
unicode MS" explicitly
- Firefox: the right visualisation without mentioning explicitly the font
(hurray for FireFox!!)

Thanks for any reply.
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Re: support of Arial Unicode MS font


I should have mentioned we're on Epic 5.0 and on our way to 5.1.

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Paul Nagai


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