4 Replies Latest reply on May 31, 2017 3:19 AM by sebdea

    InDesign languages not same as Acrobat DC

    sebdea Level 1

      Hi there,

       

      Is there an option to have the same set of languages in Indesign CC2017 as in Acrobat DC? I noticed that in Acrobat DC I can set the language of a document in Chinese but not in InDesign when I am formatting document. Also there are a lot more languages in Acrobat DC then in Indesign. I found it quite disturbing considering that InDesign is used to create and format documents.

       

      Thank you.

       

      Sebastian

        • 1. Re: InDesign languages not same as Acrobat DC
          amaarora Adobe Employee

          Hi,

          Did you try exploring the language option from the character panel?

          Assigning a language to text determines which spelling and hyphenation dictionary is used. Assigning a language does not change the actual text.

           

          -Aman

          • 2. Re: InDesign languages not same as Acrobat DC
            [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

            sebdea  wrote

             

            ... Also there are a lot more languages in Acrobat DC then in Indesign. I found it quite disturbing considering that InDesign is used to create and format documents.

             

            Your final sentence explains it accurately. Some writing scripts and languages have very different sets of rules – Chinese, for example, allows text to run either horizontally or vertically, and design-wise, it's very grid-based. Hebrew and Arabic text runs right to left.

             

            But even for "Latin-based" languages only, InDesign needs a lot of information on the peculiarities of each language, to be able to spell check and hyphenate for example. And that is because you use InDesign to create and format documents.

             

            The "language" selection in Acrobat doesn't really do something -- all it does is setting the identifier of a certain text to that selected language. It does not translate, reflow, alter, re-set, re-hyphenate, or otherwise change anything in the displayed text itself.

            • 3. Re: InDesign languages not same as Acrobat DC
              sebdea Level 1

              Yes. I did. Exactly my point. As I am formatting and designing documents in various languages I found it difficult to set proper language for a specific text. Sometimes because the language cannot be set I am forced to set No language to entire document and then to go into Acrobat DC and set the right language.

              • 4. Re: InDesign languages not same as Acrobat DC
                sebdea Level 1

                It is important in case your PDF will reach people with disabilities see Read Out Loud or Accessibility Setup Assistant. In that case it is important that the language is set properly. So, I guess setting a language in Adobe does really do something.

                 

                My guess.

                 

                Sebastian