Languages

cubanica's picture

Does anyone know what languages are supported by the base character count in Fontlab? I believe it's 256 characters.

Obviously English, Spanish, French. What others?

John Hudson's picture

The 'Default' encoding is a Latin 1 implementation, which means it intentionally supports majority Western and Scandinavian European languages (incl. Icelandic) written in the Latin script. In this case, the definition of Western is political rather than geographic and dates from the Cold War period, i.e. Austrian is Western, but Czech is not. Minority languages are not well supported by the set, e.g. it lacks diacritics for Welsh, Saami, etc.

cuttlefish's picture

ISO 8859-1 (Latin 1), ISO 8859-15 (Latin 0, revised from Latin 1 to include the Euro sign and Ydierisis), MacRoman, and Windows Latin all contain support for most western European languages to varying degrees. Your default encoding is likely one of these. English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish, and Icelandic are generally covered in these encodings, though I think there are a few special accents and digraphs (notably the Dutch IJ and ij digraphs) that are missing for full and complete coverage of these languages.

cuttlefish's picture

Darn it John, you beat me to it, and with a more accurate answer too.

cubanica's picture

Thanks!

Don McCahill's picture

> it lacks diacritics for Welsh

Everyone knows those Welsh are commies.

:)

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