4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 26, 2016 12:03 AM by siskoh19114105

    How to prevent InDesign changing fonts

    siskoh19114105

      Hi!

      I'm trying to place a word document to InDesign but the fonts are acting funny. In the Word document the fonts (finnish and chinese) are perfectly correct, but in InDesign some of the chinese characters become blanks. Not everyone, but most of them. I do have same fonts in InDesign than in Word. How do I prevent InDesign from changing the fonts? Help, please!

      Sisko

        • 1. Re: How to prevent InDesign changing fonts
          vinny38 Level 4

          Hi

          Microsoft Word handles Chinese characters in a specific way. If the font used in Word does not have chinese character, it will be replaced by a font that has them (i.e. Arial Unicode, Microsoft YaHei, ...)

          So, all you have to do is using a font in InDesign that contains those characters.

          I suggest you use a preflight profile that would warn you in case of missing glyph.

          regards

          • 2. Re: How to prevent InDesign changing fonts
            siskoh19114105 Level 1

            Hi!

            Thanks! Those characters don't excactly miss from the font. I think I

            made a character style, and when I replaced blanks with the style, they

            appeared correctly. The chinese font (SimSun) is the same both in

            InDesign and Word. The blanks appear before I do anything in InDesign,

            and all I would want, is that InDesign would not change anything. (The

            book has over 700 pages and has app. 130 words on each page, so using a

            character style is a huge job!)

            Regards,

            Sisko

             

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            • 3. Re: How to prevent InDesign changing fonts
              Joel Cherney Level 5

              There is no way to get what you want here:

              The blanks appear before I do anything in InDesign, and all I would want, is that InDesign would not change anything.

              because of how the Word import filter works.

               

              (The  book has over 700 pages and has app. 130 words on each page, so using a

              character style is a huge job!)

               

              Manually applying a character style by scanning through each page looking for Chinese Hanzi glyphs and selecting 'em with the mouse would be tedious, yes. However, there are at least three different ways to apply a Chinese character style automatically.

               

              If your content is already in InDesign, this GREP query will search for anything in your document and apply a character style. So start by making a character style called Chinese, and have it apply SimSun (or some other font that supports Chinese glyphs) in this way:

              Screen Shot 2016-11-25 at 10.29.30 AM.png

              This GREP query ~K+ finds all Hanzi glyphs. It might not catch all of your Chinese glyphs if you have any Chinese punctuation (like fullwidth parentheses or Trad quote marks or et cetera). For that, you'd need a slightly longer GREP query. Marking Finnish terms might be a bit harder, but it's still doable, depending on a number of factors - but your post seemed to be about Chinese drops, not Finnish drops.

               

              Also, I have to agree with Vinny - if you are working on a multilingual document, you really want a preflight profile that points out missing glyphs.

              • 4. Re: How to prevent InDesign changing fonts
                siskoh19114105 Level 1

                Thank you so very much! You made my day!

                Best regards,

                Sisko