Adobe western and Japanese fonts contain a variety of character sets that support different languages around the world. Below are the most common character sets found in Adobe fonts. If more than one character set is listed, the font supports all possible languages covered by each character set.
Adobe Western 2
Fonts with an Adobe Western 2 character set support most western languages including: Afrikaans, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Sami, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish. Adobe Western 2 also adds 17 additional symbol characters: euro, litre, estimated, omega, pi, partialdiff, delta, product, summation, radical, infinity, integral, approxequal, notequal, lessequal, greaterequal, and lozenge. Adobe Western 2 is the new minimum character set standard as implemented in OpenType fonts from Adobe.
Fonts with an ISO-Adobe character set support most western languages including: Afrikaans, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Sami, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish. This is the standard character set in most PostScript Type 1 fonts from Adobe.
Fonts with an Adobe CE character set also include the characters necessary to support the following central European languages: Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian and Turkish.
The Greek alphabet is one of the oldest known writing systems, having been adapted from the Phoenician alphabet about 3,000 years ago. Fonts with a Greek character set include the characters and punctuation required to support the modern Greek language.
Fonts that support Polytonic Greek include additional archaic Greek characters that are useful when setting historical or Biblical texts in the Greek language.
The Cyrillic alphabet was reformed by Peter the Great in Russia in the early eighteenth century. Fonts that include a Cyrillic character set support the following languages: Balkar, Belarusian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Erzya, Karachay, Kumyk, Macedonian, Moksha, Nanai, Nivkh, Nogai, Russian, Rusyn, Selkup, Serbian (Cyrillic) and Ukrainian.
Fonts with Cyrillic Extended character set include characters necessary to support all of the languages listed for Cyrillic as well as the following languages: Abaza, Adyghe, Agul, Avar, Buryat, Chechen, Crimean Tatar (Cyrillic), Dargin, Dungan, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Khinalugh, Kyrgyz (Cyrillic), Lak, Lezgian, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Rutul, Tabasaran, Tajik, Tat, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan and Uzbek (Cyrillic).
Fonts with a Latin Extended character set include additional Latin characters beyond the combined Adobe Western 2 and Adobe CE character sets to support languages such as Welsh, archaic Danish and Esperanto.
Certain fonts contain additional non-alphabetic characters not in standard character sets, such as bullets, ornaments, symbols, flourishes, icons, and border elements.
These fonts may contain a subset of the entire standard Adobe Western 2 character range and may support a limited number of languages. For example, certain supplemental “expert set” fonts may only contain specific glyphs such as small capitals, swashes or alternate letterforms, while certain display fonts may omit certain accented characters.
Simplified Chinese is the form of ideograph used in Mainland China. These fonts support the GB 18030 national standard and Tōngyòng Guīfàn Hànzìbiǎo (通用规范汉字表).
Traditional Chinese is the form of ideograph used in Taiwan, Macao, and Hong Kong SAR. These fonts support the Big Five and Hong Kong SCS standards.
Adobe Japan 1-4
The Adobe-Japan 1-4 character collection contains 15,444 glyphs, and is a super set of the Adobe-Japan 1-3 character collection. Adobe-Japan 1-4 contains thousands of kanji and kana variants to provide rich typographic support. A detailed description of the Adobe Japan 1-4 character collection is included in Adobe Tech Note #5078 .
Adobe Japan 1-3
The Adobe-Japan 1-3 character collection contains 9,354 glyphs, including some glyph variants. It provides complete JIS X 0208 support, along with JIS78 (JIS C 6226-1978) variants and IBM Selected Kanji. A detailed description of the Adobe-Japan 1-3 character collection is included in Adobe Tech Note #5078 .
Kana fonts contain a subset of the Adobe-Japan 1-3 character collection and include a set of 471 hiragana and katakana glyphs.
These fonts are based on the Adobe-Japan1-6 character collection (23,058 glyphs), which includes a large number of glyph variants. Fonts based on this character collection provide complete support for all of the latest JIS Standards, and the default glyphs are those that correspond to JIS X 0213:2004 (aka, JIS2004).
Fonts with a Vietnamese character set include additional characters needed to write the common form of the Vietnamese language.
Fonts based on the Adobe-Korea 1-2 character collection support Korean, and contain 18,352 glyphs. All 11,172 hangul, 4,620 hanja (Chinese characters), and a complete set of symbols and punctuation are included. The KS X 1001:1992 standard is supported in its entirety.
PlusN fonts are based on Adobe-Japan 1-3 character collection (9,354 glyphs), but also include an additional 144 glyphs from Adobe-Japan 1-6 regions. The coverage of the JIS x 0208 character set in these fonts is JIS2004-savvy.
Fonts with a Gujarati character set include the characters needed to write the common form of the Gujarati script.
Fonts with a Tamil character set include the characters needed to write the common form of the Tamil script.