5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2013 4:25 PM by Ellis home

    Serbian Latin not supported on Indesign CS6?

    Ellis home Level 4

      Hello everyone. We have a book that's being translated to several languages. One of them is Serbian. Our translator told us he's using Serbian Latin font. But I don't see it listed in Indesign CS6. Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: Serbian Latin not supported on Indesign CS6?
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          Specialized fonts are not included inthe installation. You need to obtain and install them. You should ask your translator for the EXACT name of the font he is using so you can buy a license of your own for it.

          • 2. Re: Serbian Latin not supported on Indesign CS6?
            Joel Cherney Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Hello everyone. We have a book that's being translated to several languages. One of them is Serbian. Our translator told us he's using Serbian Latin font. But I don't see it listed in Indesign CS6. Any ideas?

            Do you mean your translator told you he's using a font that supports the glyphs necessary to typeset Serbian in Latin script - or that he's using a font called Serbian Latin? Sounds like it could go either way. My experience with Serbian in Latin script is that it uses the same glyph complement that appear in Croatian and Bosnian, which you'll find in a wide variety of fonts. Most of the Adobe "Pro" fonts (like Minion Pro and Myriad Pro) will have those glyphs.

             

            However, my experience with all of those South Slavic languages is that almost everyone is using bizarre hacky fonts with custom encodings and unusual features. Like, for example, a Latin-script font intended for Serbian users where the glyphs are mapped not to the normal QUERTY keyboard locations but to where the relevant sounds would appear on a Cyrillic typewriter imported from the Soviet Union. 

             

            So, Peter's advice is good advice. You shouldn't need to do that, but you do.  If you post a lot more detail, we can tell you whether or not you can get away with using properly encoded, contemporary fonts, or if you need to match your translation supplier's bizarre hacky fonts without exception.

            • 3. Re: Serbian Latin not supported on Indesign CS6?
              Ellis home Level 4

              Thanks for quick feedback. This is a sample of the translation:

              Serbian Latin Sample.JPG

              • 4. Re: Serbian Latin not supported on Indesign CS6?
                Joel Cherney Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                That looks like it should be unproblematic. It doesn't satisfy my request for "a lot more detail" but at first glance it looks uncomplicated and free of pitfalls. That sample you posted doesn't have the full complement of extended-Latin characters that you'd usually see in Serbian - notably, there's no d-with-stroke in your sample. But it looks to me like it is displaying correctly. But I don't read Serbian, so I dunno for certain. The only person who is going to know for certain whether or not it is correct is someone who reads the language; I would suggest that you have your translator sign off on the formatted document once you're done.

                 

                The most likely encoding issue that would require you to either alter your translator's work or to use the same font as your translator is the substitution of d-with-stroke by eth. Watch out for it - lots of translators keying their work into Word accidentally wind up with something that looks like d-with-stroke but that is encoded as an eth.

                • 5. Re: Serbian Latin not supported on Indesign CS6?
                  Ellis home Level 4

                  Joel, thanks for your thorough response. I guess I'll have to study a bit more about the intricacies of foreign languages! So far I haven't seen a major issue with German, Russian or the more friendly Spanish and Portuguese. Cheers.