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What I know about them is from what I learned over the years finding and collecting them. I have over 100,000 of them stored on my data drive. I do not go after non-English fonts, but I have downloaded a few and some of them replace the "Latin" letters with their own glyphs. I prefer the Unicode method, where there are many different languages on one font at the same time, but all in its own place after the "standard Latin letters" section.

To know what other language and glyphs you have beside you English keyboard fonts, use the Insert>Special Characters option.

Most fonts do not have more than Basic Latin, Latin-1, Latin Extended-A, and Latin Extended-B. Unicode fonts - like Arial Unicode has many language/font names listed beyond the Latin scripts/glyphs//letters. Spanish and French use Latin-1 to Latin Extended-B ones for their non-English letters.

There are many Unicode fonts, but I do not remember seeing any of them with more glyphs than Arial Unicode MS. There may be language specific Unicode fonts that have Latin plus their language, in its "proper" place within the Unicode glyph placement, but you would have to look. I do not know the names of the non-English language fonts. I do know there are place out there to find them. A few months back, this list helped a person with Korean fonts for their system. I downloaded them at that time. If anyone knows of the different font names for the Japanese fonts, [the English/Latin form of the name]let me know. I will try to find them.

On 01/03/2012 08:50 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Brilliant!!  I think you are right about the font being the problem.  I think we have had this 
problem a couple of times before in other languages mostly with non-RTL scripts.  Now we just need 
someone that knows a lot about fonts!
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Tue, 3/1/12, webmaster for Kracked Press Productions<>  wrote:

From: webmaster for Kracked Press Productions<>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] problem downloading LibreOffice 3.4.4
Date: Tuesday, 3 January, 2012, 13:35

To download and install English LibreOffice and the Japanese language pack, go to:

Go down to the green drop boxes and make sure you see/choose Windows in one and the Japanese 
language in the other.

If there is any problems doing that, go down farther and choose "Other way to download . . .".

Then choose 3.4.4, then Windows.  Click on the Helppacks to go down to the Japanese one.

Here are the direct links, to the Windows download and the the help pack .
[if I got the language code correct]

(ja - ???)

The question of "gibberish":
Could there be some font issues where there is not "default" English system font and the English 
text is written in using the Japanese glyphs that are in the font instead of the English letters?  I do not 
know enough about the Japanese fonts, but I did see one or two that did just that, though most of the fonts I 
use for foreign languages are Unicode so the Japanese fonts are somewhere else.

On 01/02/2012 10:22 PM, Brian Barbour wrote:
I am located in Tokyo with a Japanese laptop.  The installer recognized my system (Windows) and the 
language as Japanese, but when the dialogue boxes openned up to install, the instructions in the 
dialogue boxes were written in gibberish with random symbols, and they were therefore unreadable.  
I simply clicked on the button where cancel would be and cancelled out.  Can you let me know what I 
did wrong and how to download LibreOffice with the English and Japanese language packs.  (I would 
like to have all drop down menus and help menus in English with the ability to use it both in 
English and Japanese).
    Thank you,

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