[reportlab-users] Japanese & other Asian character support
simon at apricotwebsolutions.com
Wed Nov 3 13:09:29 EDT 2010
Hmm, I'm in exactly same position!
I chose Cyberbit font for the Japanese as it supports a wide range of
its Latin is not Sans.
You can download Cyberbit from
I'll probably use this technique. After looking at mwlib. Thank you Volker.
Ben do you have a function you can post?
On 14 October 2010 12:04, Volker Haas <volker.haas at brainbot.com> wrote:
> On 10/13/2010 06:45 PM, Benjamin Higgins wrote:
>> Excellent suggestion with breaking up the text with<font>s. I hadn't
>> thought of that. Thanks a lot!
> Hi Ben,
> I developed fontswitching for the mwlib project (PDFs from Wikipedia
> articles) in the same way Andy suggested above. If you like take a look at
> This might be overkill, and the documentation isn't exactly great. But the
> "fontifyText" method in
> http://code.pediapress.com/git/mwlib.rl?p=mwlib.rl;a=blob;f=mwlib/rl/fontconfig.py;h=98737355a590e7c89c20b509dce59012a70d6d6f;hb=HEADdoes pretty much what you need.
> I can supply a minimal example how to use that if you think it's a viable
> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 1:00 AM, Andy Robinson<andy at reportlab.com>
>>> On 12 October 2010 22:58, Benjamin Higgins<bhiggins at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> I have a bunch of text that includes Latin *and* Japenese characters,
>>>> all intermixed (really!). It may also, someday, include other Asian
>>>> characters. I want the Latin characters in Helvetica and the Japanese
>>>> characters in whatever makes the most sense. Right now the Japanese
>>>> characters show up as black squares. How do I best approach this?
>>>> The simplest approach for you would be to see if you can live with the
>>> Latin glyphs in the built-in Japanese fonts.
>>> Otherwise, you would need to scan through your paragraphs and break
>>> them into chunks based on the Unicode code points, using the<font>
>>> tag which can be embedded to switch fonts in mid-text.
>>> - Andy
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