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Non-English font available and being displayed with English characters

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I am starting into designing a simple, mostly text logo and have run into something I haven't seen before with fonts. I am hoping somewhere here can help.


As I had a piece of text highlighted and was trying out different fonts shown in Designer's font list, I noticed that there are many non-English fonts (likely Mac OS system fonts) that are being displayed with English characters.

Might anyone here know:

1) Why is this occurring?

2) Is it possible to make non-English fonts not appear in Designer?

3) Is it possible to find out which English font is being substituted in for the chosen non-English font? For example, I happened upon Malayalam MN which looks good for what I need, but the actual Malayalam MN font isn't an English one, and I need to know what is the actual font replacing it in Designer.)




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Hi Nlbrmn,


I'm pretty sure what you are seeing at this stage are the English Characters of the Malayalam MN font.  If you start up FontBook and find Malayalam MN, if you select it and then click View>Repertoire you'll see a large number of English characters followed by the non-English ones.


So nothing is being replaced and if you publish some text to PDF and then bring the PDF back in, you'll not get a warning about fonts being substituted because all the characters you've used are present in the Malayalam MN font.

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