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Old 09-30-2006, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Fancy Chinese/Unicode font?

I'm looking for a fancy "display" type Chinese font (or a Unicode font with a good Simplified Chinese range in it).

I want to use it to create a little illustration for this post of mine about Internet cafes in Beijing - I've included the appropriate characters for "Wăng bā" ( 网吧 = "Internet cafe" ) in the post, but the software (they use Textile markup) at 43places.com doesn't provide a way to enlarge characters in posts, and the Chinese characters are hard to discern (especially for those not used to reading them) in the normal font size.

Oh, and it has to be free, of course...

Any hints anyone?

   
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I've included the appropriate characters for "Wăng bā" ( 网吧 = "Internet cafe" ) in the post . . .
The Mac ships with several scalable Chinese fonts. I have no idea of their adequacy as far as the character set is concerned (although two are labeled .Pro).

But if you know a Mac (OS X) user you can probably at least take a look at the fonts, see if you can create the words you need.

   
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The Mac ships with several scalable Chinese fonts. I have no idea of their adequacy as far as the character set is concerned (although two are labeled .Pro).

But if you know a Mac (OS X) user you can probably at least take a look at the fonts, see if you can create the words you need.
No so that I could take a look at their screen... I assume it would not be legal for anyone to send me those fonts.

I have SimSun and SimHei fonts but they're not really display fonts (and rather ugly, too, I think).

What I'm looking for is something like the rounded (or outline) fonts found on this page; something that looks like people are actually going to see on a shop sign, not like body text on a web page. The rounded/outline and similar fonts on that page are actually like the style often used on signs for shops and internet cafes in China; but of course these are not free fonts.

Too bad I didn't actually take a photograph of a sign - I never thought of doing that!

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I made do with an enlarged SimHei for now - maybe clear enough, but ugly and not really like what you'd see on a sign.

   
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