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Why Don't Asian Characters Display Correctly?

The following article applies to Global Delivery Network, Application Resource Files, Business Documents, and CMS Connector project types. 


Asian characters appear bold or render poorly in certain web browser/platform combinations.


Fonts such as Helvetica are specific to a particular language or group of languages, so display correctly for Latin characters, but have difficulty rendering Asian characters. If your site's HTML uses a font that does not support Asian characters or lists one of these fonts in its style sheet, your browser will attempt to use this font, and you may encounter the problem.

Unicode fonts are generally considered the international standard and can be used across multiple languages and scripts.


Only use fonts that support Unicode or declare specific fonts for Asian languages. You can find a list of Unicode fonts here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode_typeface#List_of_Unicode_fonts

To ensure Asian characters display correctly:

  • Add a meta tag to the tag of your pages that specifies a Unicode (utf-8) character set; for example:

    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />

This article was last updated on October 7, 2013.

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