Wront characters in Armenian texts

sevag's picture

Today, through Firefox I changed the default font for displaying Armenian texts on the web from Mshtakan to Segoe UI (I have a Mac). So far there haven't been any problems with Armenian websites, however on facebook (see imege below) the lowercase letters |ր| and |դ| of Segoe UI are being replaced with the letters |ր| and |դ| from Verdana. Not that I mind it, but I'm very curious as to why is this happening. (On Typophile too, these letters are being replaced from Segoe UI to Verdana.)

Also, is there a way of changing the defult fonts for displaying Armenian through the Mac System on Snow leopard, as well as on the keyboard viewer. Thank you.

Si_Daniels's picture

A curious issue, but these seem to work okay on Windows. How did you get these fonts on the Mac? Armenian is new to the Windows 8 versions of these fonts and I don't think we include them with any Microsoft Mac product.

Si

sevag's picture

Got it through a PC running Windows 8.

Si_Daniels's picture

I see... I "borrowed" the engine from my neighbors car and I wonder why when I hit 32 mph hour I hear a strange noise?

sevag's picture

I understand what you mean and I'm being honest. This is the first time that this kind of an error has occurred with a font supporting Armenian. Thanks for your input.

Si_Daniels's picture

Don't worry I "wront" tell anyone. ;-) Seriously, thanks for reporting the issue, we're taking a look to see if there's anything in the font that might be causing this or if it repro's on Windows.

Cheers, Si

sevag's picture

I do apologize for the spelling and the word is ‘wrong’ not ‘wront’. Maybe the admins could fix it.

Tom Gewecke's picture

It looks to me like those two characters (U+0564/0580) are the only Armenian characters in Verdana. Why would someone do that?

So I suppose the site is set up to use Verdana by default and has to use some other font for all the other characters.....

PS I don't know of any way to change the default fonts used by OS X for Keyboard Viewer or elsewhere in the OS.

Si_Daniels's picture

That makes sense, this not the Windows 8 version of Verdana. Earlier versions of Verdana only included the two Armenian characters required for the currency. Complete Armenian coverage drawn by Ruben Tarumian was added to the Windows 8 version.

Tom Gewecke's picture

@Si Thanks for the "currency" explanation. It seems that the latest version of OS X, 10.8.2, still comes with the older version of Verdana.

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