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    Fonts

    I think this issue has been dealt with here before but my searches turn up nothing.

    Why do certain fonts show empty rectangles in place of characters when I try to display them? Gautami and Latha are two examples... there are others. Usually the numerics and some special characters display OK but the alpha characters are displayed as hollow rectangles. Are these fonts not installed properly?

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    Re: Fonts

    Hi Paul,

    It is most likely that you have a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> sample copy of the font or that there were no characters created by the author of the font for those represented by the empty rectangles. I have over a thousand fonts in my collection (not all are installed, of course) and many of them are "incomplete" and the missing characters are represented by the little rectangles. Just an informed guess here (most of the samples I've downloaded are incomplete), but that's how I've always looked at this little conundrum.
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    Re: Fonts

    Your guess is spot on. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> That's exactly what those little rectangles are for, placeholders to represent a character. If you change to a different font that includes that symbol it is no longer a box.
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    Re: Fonts

    Thanks for the quick responses. I can accept your explanations but am still puzzled. I have 8 fonts that display these rectangles. Six of them are Microsoft fonts (Gautami, Latha, Mangal, Ravi, Tunga and Shruti). All 8 produce the same display where the two lines representing the upper and lower case alphabet show rectangles but the third line representing numerics and special characters display OK.

    Why would MS distribute incomplete fonts with the OS? I don't know where the non-MS fonts (MV Boli, Estrangelo Edessa) came from.

    As they appear to be useless, should I uninstall them?

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    Re: Fonts

    <hr>should I uninstall them<hr>
    Probably not. It is not that Microsoft distributes incomplete font sets to frustrate users; often a font is used by the operating system or an application and there is no intent for the end user to do anything with it. Marlett is used by Microsoft Outlook, for example. Windings is used in a lot of different places. Thus, what you are seeing is likely a special-purpose font that was not intended for use by an end user, but rather by some application that you have.
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    Re: Fonts

    OK. Thanks Mark and Doc. Corrupt fonts??? What corrupt fonts!

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    Re: Fonts

    If I look at Gautami font by double clicking Gautami.ttf in the fonts folder then it looks just like yours. Word's insert symbol shows the attached display. I gues the built in applet only shows the Basic Latin and Punctuation subsets.

    StuartR

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    Re: Fonts

    The information within the font says:

    Gautami is an OpenType font for the Indic script Telugu. It is based on Unicode, contains Truetype outlines and has been designed for use as a UI font.

    So now you know! (Very slightly more than is contained in Stuart's post!)

    John
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Fonts

    Thank you all, gentlemen. It seems the more answers I get, the more questions I have. So I'll just accept the fact that these fonts are there for some obscure reason (probably language related) and leave it at that.

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    PaulB

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