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Why can I see Japanese?

without JP fonts installed



1:00 pm on May 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/asia_pacific_search_engines/3649432.htm [webmasterworld.com] by bill - 9:17 am on May 16, 2008 (jst +9)

Just out of curiosity and slightly out of topic question.

I donít have Japanese fonts installed in my computer or browser, but when I opened the site I could see the Japanese text properly displayed in my browser.

Can anyone please tell the technology behind this?

Sorry if this is a silly question.


9:30 am on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A lot of Windows packages these days come with quite a few things included, like fonts that support Unicode characters. It's highly likely that you have this installed already. It's not always necessary to install a specific Japanese font to read Japanese these days. Unicode fonts can cover a number of character sets.

If you want to see the character support of a Unicode font in Windows you can access the font's Character Map like this:

  • Start ¶ Run
  • type "charmap"
  • press OK
  • select a Unicode font
  • KFish

    5:18 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Thanks Bill, Thanks a Lot.

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