Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#12819 closed defect (fixed)

Chinese Fonts

Reported by: julinde Owned by: datallah
Milestone: Component: winpidgin (gtk)
Version: 2.7.4 Keywords: chinese


Some chinese fonts will not display in Pidgin (regardless what IM system) although they are installed under Windows 7 (64) and do display in other applications (website, word etc.). This is in both cases, receiving messages and pasting messages (tried to copy the chinese name of Shanghai from Wikipedia into a message). The characters will appear just as blocks.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by darkrain42

  • Component changed from unclassified to winpidgin (gtk)
  • Owner changed from rekkanoryo to datallah

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by Lasbas

After finding no help in the Pidgin FAQ or website about this exact issue I emailed Pidgin support. The response was as follows:

This is a font issue.

See for information on how font mappings work.


The link, if you're interested, refers users to 4-year old thread with multiple proposed solutions to versions of the software going back to 2.0.0. Meanwhile this "font issue" had never reared its head in any other programs I typically use on my computer. Or in any proprietary clients I've tried, or in browser-based IM clients like, which is my new default for IMing.

Could you imagine Firefox improperly rendering Asian scripts for Windows users at its 2.0 release? Chinese web users are set to surpass native-English speaking web population in a couple years, with QQ alone already boasting 100 million+ users. Good luck to the Pidgin team trying to offer a credible open-source alternative if you ignore a glaring issue like this for so long...

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by GAVollink

It occurs to me that most of the product mentioned by the user here use a Unicode capable font by default. Switching the product default to Arial Unicode MS (Normal), seems to work fine for all of the foreign characters I need working with Chinese and Indian languages.

The user above does have a point that this is an expectation of all products these days, and it might not be too difficult to set it up that way by default.

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by julinde

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

I can confirm that switching the product default to Arial Unicode MS (Normal)solves the problem

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