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Old 05-23-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Post A Simplified Chinese + English font that actually looks good

Hey all. I share my PRS-505 with my wife, who reads Chinese books. I've never been happy with the english characters in the Chinese fonts though, so I merged a couple fonts into one. The english glyphs come from Bitstream Vera Serif, which I think is easier to read than the stock Dutch. The Chinese glyphs come from FangSong, which my wife says is the most readable Simplified font. The fixed-width latin glyphs (commonly used in Chinese text) are copies of the base Vera Serif glyphs, but bumped out to fixed-width.

It's big, around 15mb. I convert everything to ePubs and use the css trick to point to this font which I put in the /fonts directory. There are instructions elsewhere on how to do this - I could just never find a worthwhile font to do it with!

Please - this is the first time I've ever even looked inside a font, so if I did something horribly wrong or missed something, let me know.

http://rapidshare.com/files/39086178...f-Fangsong.zip
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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Thank you for your work. I'll have a try :-)
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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Many thanks.
seems you love your wife very much. ^_^
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #4
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how do you merge the two fonts together?
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:16 AM   #5
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Presumably by using a font-editing software like highlogics fontcreator
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:08 PM   #6
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how do you merge the two fonts together?
I used fontforge (open source). I tried using a trial of a commercial font editor, but the workflow was much clunkier. In fontforge I opened both fonts and pasted the English glyphs into the Chinese font. I have some notes I took on the specifics of using fontforge - if it'd be helpful I could find them and post.
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