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East Asian Typography

Maintain Total Control over Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean Layout

QuarkXPress® lets layout artists work with East Asian typographical concepts such as vertical story text, hanging characters, punctuation character width handling, phonetic text reading (rubi), font sets, character grids, grouped characters, and intelligent font mapping.

QuarkXPress includes deep and wide support for East Asian typography. You can combine vertical and horizontal story text in the same layout, and group sets of characters (such as acronyms) to flow properly in vertical stories.

You can:

  • Control the width of full-width punctuation characters depending on where they fall relative to the beginning of the line, the middle of the line, the end of the line, and other punctuation characters.
  • Maintain perfectly aligned margins with predefined classes and sets of hanging characters, or configure your own classes and sets for different uses.
  • Apply phonetic reading text (rubi) to text, and even automatically pull rubi text from the system dictionary for some languages.

When it comes to character grids, QuarkXPress is the best. You can define different page grids for different pages, or even for different boxes on the same page. You can precisely control baseline position, cell alignment, and whether guides appear on the topline, centerline, baseline, or for the full cell.

QuarkXPress is also smart about East Asian fonts. If a font is missing, the Font Fallback feature makes sure that a recognisable character displays, rather than a box. And custom font mapping rules enable you to properly handle projects that use UDA/VDA characters.

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