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I bought a multilingual/non-Latin font, but when I type I only get Latin characters

If your computer is set up to type English or another Latin language by default, you will not see the characters of a multilingual font when you type (for example Chinese or Arabic). You will need to use a character selection utility, or change your keyboard settings to use a multilingual font.

> How to access multilingual fonts and characters on Windows

> How to access multilingual fonts and characters on Mac OS X

What is the WGL character set and why don’t they appear in the Font Menu?

WGL stands for Windows Glyph List, developed by Microsoft with approximately 652 characters to address the languages and scripts of Western, Central and Eastern Europe. This includes support for Greek, Cyrillic, Eastern European, Baltic and Turkish. Learn more about the WGL Pan-European Character Set.

Most applications sort the fonts alphabetically, and then by language support. Because WGL and Non-Latin fonts have an extensive character set, they may appear at the BOTTOM of the font menu (you may have to scroll down to the bottom of your font list to see the fonts in Mac OS X, or in most Adobe applications).

What is the Latin-1 character set?

Latin-1 is the basic character set for most fonts on It is also referred to as Windows Code Page 1252. It includes supports for Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and many other languages. Read more about Latin-1 Character Set.

Do your fonts include the Euro symbol?

Yes, all of Ascender's fonts with the Latin-1 character set include the Euro.

My Hebrew or Arabic font does not work right

Hebrew and Arabic fonts require an application software program that supports right-to-left composition, and OpenType support. If you copy/paste a string of Hebrew or Arabic from one program to another, make sure both programs support right-to-left composition.

Does Adobe Creative Suite support Arabic, Hebrew or Indic fonts?

There are two different plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator that provide the OpenType feature support necessary for Arabic, Hebrew and Indic fonts. "Indic Plus" and "Scribe Door" both support bi-directional text, which is required for Arabic, Hebrew and Indic fonts.

Can you create a customized font with a different language or script?

Yes. The Ascender team is well-known for our expertise in developing custom typefaces and extending character sets. More information on our custom font services.