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Old 02-23-2021, 03:05 PM   #1
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How to get Kobo Auro to display special characters?

I have an epub and it looks fine in Calibre but on the kobo the special characters just show up as boxes.
I tried all the fonts that are included in the kobo but nothing works.

here is the source from the epub.

<p class="calibre2">[You have joined the group chat, do say hello to the other group members! 😉] A smiley face was even attached by the system.</p>

or

<p class="scenebreak">❄️❄️❄️</p>


Just boxes for those smiley or symbols on my kobo

I have also tried installing some extra fonts on my kobo, charis, literati and ember. Still boxes on kobo.
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Old 02-23-2021, 03:30 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2021, 03:58 PM   #3
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I tried all the fonts
Code2000, Arial Unicode MS, DejaVu, Doulos SIL, Linux Libertine, Lucida Sans Unicode, TITUS Cyberbit Basic, Universalia

Code2000 absolutely supports everything, the rest ... probably not all symbols.

for emoji ...
https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji

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Old 02-23-2021, 04:24 PM   #4
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Code2000, Arial Unicode MS, DejaVu, Doulos SIL, Linux Libertine, Lucida Sans Unicode, TITUS Cyberbit Basic, Universalia

Code2000 absolutely supports everything, the rest ... probably not all symbols.

for emoji ...
https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji
Thanks!
I meant I had tried all the default fonts on the Kobo.

On the kobo Code2000 works for the snowflake ❄️, but not the smiley faces.

OpenSansEmoji did work for the faces 😭, but not the snowflake


Is there a way to get the kobo to use multiple fonts for one book?
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Is there a way to get the kobo to use multiple fonts for one book?
It is possible, but in your case it is Sisyphean labor, IMHO ... Specifying a font family for each character is pointless work. It seems to me.

I have listed above the fonts that should help you

http://xahlee.info/comp/unicode_font_download.html

Will reflect everything. Choose the most suitable for you personally.

code2000 was created earlier than emoji appeared

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Old 02-24-2021, 02:40 AM   #6
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Thanks!
Incase anyone else ever reading this has this problem with a weird story with their kobo, Symbola worked,
http://xahlee.info/comp/i/Symbola.zip

Nothing else actually had all the special characters AND the emojis.

But in the end I liked the blackness of the https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji font.
Symbola looked a bit gray on my kobo, and the only thing the snowflake was used for was scene breaks so I just did a global find and replace it to regular ***
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Personally, if I come across glyphs in a ebook that my favorite font does not contain, for reading use replacements on pictures.

In your case: and

Can, of course, add glyphs to the font, but this is already superfluous ...
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