Poll: Font Styles?

Discussion in 'Pleco for iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch' started by mikelove, Jan 15, 2012.


Which new font styles would you most like to see added to Pleco?

  1. Ming / Song style - system default for Chinese on Windows (SimSun), and in our old Palm and Windows

    15 vote(s)
  2. Kai style - "regular script," more calligraphic, second most common print style after Ming/Song

    37 vote(s)
  3. Xing style - "semi-cursive," somewhere in between Kai and Cao

    17 vote(s)
  4. Cao style - "grass script," free-flowing cursive

    8 vote(s)
  5. Li style - "clerical script," old-fashioned but colorful and still pretty widely used

    4 vote(s)
  6. Seal script - still used on seals, not widely used elsewhere now but etymologically interesting

    9 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    We might consider that if the current batch goes well, though it's tricky to find fonts with comprehensive character coverage in the less common scripts - we're having trouble with our Xing-style font already because of that.
  2. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Xing is now working, so the true typographical masochists out there should have this option at their disposal too:

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  3. AdamD

    AdamD 秀才

  4. alanmd

    alanmd 探花

    This looks awesome. I think getting used to this font (e.g. in flashcard testing) would be a good step towards understanding real cursive handwriting.
  5. houniao

    houniao Member

    The new update is looking more and more awesome! Fantastic work, I must say. Especially looking forward to Cantonese support.
    I voted for Kai, but would of course also really like to see Xing.

    I actually use Kai for reading books on kindle. Once you've gotten used to it, the other fonts just don't look right!
  6. talimedicatus

    talimedicatus Member

    We should definitely avoid clutter with a lot of strange fonts. There should be a closed set for both simplified and traditional that reflects the use in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Here's my ideas for Traditional Chinese fonts. I think there should be 3 fonts for Traditional Chinese, that is, the 3 most commonly used ones.

    1. Your typical Kangxi print-type.


    2. Official Taiwanese government-sanctioned PMingLiu or an equivalent of it.


    3. A similarly sanctioned traditional Kaiti font


    These 3 are the most common fonts used in traditional Chinese. I think adding other traditional (maybe besides a clean sans-serif one) would be superfluous. I personally would especially like to see a block one (like in #1).
  7. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Mostly a question of license fees with these - MingLiU we actually looked into licensing at one point but dismissed because it was way too expensive. So we'll see how well sales go for what we're probably going to call "Font Pack 1" and base further font licensing decisions on that.
  8. hoilm

    hoilm Member

    I have noted that discussions on font styles are limited to iPhone discussions. I'm keen to know if Pleco plans to add Xing, Song, seal and other scripts to android.
  9. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Not in our immediate plans, though you can install whatever custom font you like in Settings. Two main reasons:

    1) Lack of (reliably available) secure storage on Android; too easy for people to extract + steal our font files. (theoretically doable on iOS but much harder + far fewer people have rooted / jailbroken devices to do it on; easier at that point just to pirate the font some other way)

    2) Compatibility; lots of Android devices have random weird hack-y font renderers. Even worse, some of them actually crash as soon as you try to load a font file they don't like.

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