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Japanese font-family

Sent by Philippe Wittenbergh on 1 September 2005 02:02

On 1 Sep 2005, at 6:19 am, Randy Peterman wrote:

> Hello, I've got a client who's looking for support for Japanese fonts 
> in an HTML editor (HTMLArea).  I am not concerned with the JavaScript 
> and the HTMLArea stuff - this is not the list for that discussion.  
> However, I'm having difficulty finding any information on the 
> appropriate way to represent the following font families they're 
> requesting: MS P Gothic and MS P Mincho.  I have tried to Google for 
> some answers but so far have only come up with limited information.  
> Does anyone have any prior experience with this?
> I guess what I'm looking for is some example like:
> font-family: /* font-family for each of these here */

Here is what I use:
	body { font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Hiragino Kaku Gothic Pro', 
'ヒラギノ角ゴ Pro W3', Osaka, 'MS Pゴシック', sans-serif; }
	h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, strong, b {font-weight: bold} /* must be 
specified, some browsers don't bold otherwise */

This works fine across browser-land, except for Omniweb (will be fixed 
in a next release) and Opera 7.5 Mac.
Linux is a bit of a problem to specify a font (too many variations 
across the distros), but falls back on the default specified in the 
browser (and most Linux users know how to handle that).

I recommend against using Serif fonts, they are *very* hard to read on 
XP doesn't do font-smoothing under 18-19px for Japanese text.

Philippe Wittenbergh

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