I've been banging my head for too long on this now, and its time to call upon the collective wisdom. I have several files consisting of UTF-8 code points outside the range 'renderable' by the glyphs in Times New Roman, mostly Hewbrew but some Devangari, Arabic, and some simplified Chinese. In my hunt for a readable UCS font I have not had much success.
Cyberbit offers nice western serifs, CJK, Hebrew, but no Hindi
Titus Cyberbit Hindi but no Chinese
Code200 is fairly complete but is ugly and hard to read.
ArialUni is also very complete but it, too, is very hard on the eyes and would not at all be acceptable to my readers.
These fonts are to be embedded in PDFs derived from XSL-FO via FOP-0.20.5, and a combination of Titus Cyberbit and Cyberbit could possibly suit my needs if I reengineer the structure of the texts with regard to the mixed languages, but neither one seems to render Latin-1 italics. I am pretty sure my FOP's userconfig.xml is set up correctly as is my font_metrics.xml, otherwise FOP would raise an exception and I would not have and PDF produced. The XSL producing the FO, I know is selecting the those nodes to be rendered as italic, since switching the font to Times results in that output.
So, two questions:
1. What UCS fonts are others using in mixed language documents?
2. has anyone using Cyberbit, Code2000 or Titus Cyberbit experienced problems regarding italic glyphs? If so how did you fix it?
Thanks in advance,
Yale University Library