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Chinese on the iPhone

Posted on: October 1, 2008

I downloaded a Chinese ebook reader on my iPhone, and it looks absolutely horrid. I don’t know if this program just chose to use a font that’s not available on the iPhone, or all Chinese iPhone fonts in general, but it’s all over the place. Some characters are larger than others, some are bold and some are not, but it’s definitely not the same font being used for each character. Now, Chinese typography is pretty hard to begin with, what with 10,000+ glyphs and all, versus a typical Latin font set with maybe 100 glyphs. Even if it’s the program’s fault for choosing a font that’s not available, the iPhone should at least choose the same font for characters in the same field.

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