converting text to different languages - helvetica

Arran's picture

Does anyone know if its possible to find helvetica or something very similar that will work in arabic, hebrew, greek and such like. Basically languages that dont use english letters for the alphabet? Russian and greek too. Unfortunately my knowledge of opentype/cycrillic fonts is minimal (if indeed that is relevant) so any help/pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Si_Daniels's picture - "Helvetica World" or somesuch

John Hudson's picture

The Helvetica World fonts, to which Si links, should meet all your needs except perhaps Arabic. The fonts do contain Arabic support, but the design of the Arabic is not harmonised to Helvetica in the way that the other scripts are (it is a revised version of the Yakout simplified Arabic design). Also, in order to fit the Arabic into the vertical metrics of the existing Latin design, without compromising backwards compatibility or clipping the Arabic descenders, the Arabic has a raised baseline.

If you need Arabic as well as the other scripts, I would recommend getting Helvetica World for everything else but using another font for the Arabic.

Arran's picture

Great, thanks alot for your help guys, much appreciated.

Tom Gewecke's picture

The ordinary Helvetica font on my Mac OS X includes support for Greek and Cyrillic.

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