I'm trying to type in Sinhalese (Native Language of Sri Lanka) using inDesign or Illustrator on a MacBook 2019. I've downloaded the Sinhala Keyboard from Apple but when I try to type after selecting a sinhala font (FM font series) I get pink boxes in inDesign.
When I type in Adobe Illustrator I get a different standard unicode font that doesn't display certain characters correctly. යි වි මි ම් ව් .. all of these and more appear incorrectly. And worse is I'm unable to change the font... no matter which font I select I still get the same unicode characters.
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Googling the answer told me go into prefrences > type and click on the enable show East Asian options. Then go into the character panel and change the languge to Sri Lankan .. .. but doing this has no effect at all. I'm still unable to type in sinhala using a chosen FM series font....
please can someone help? I'll be happy to provide more details if needed.
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Does the issue still exist?
Script for enabling Harfbuzz workflow in InDesign
Sheena Kaul, Adobe Employee , Jul 17, 2020
What is harfbuzz? Yo may find some answers here:
Also see this little article:
What’s New in InDesign 2019–2020
December 10, 2019
Support for South-East Asian languages
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For this you can type in a Unicode converter and paste it into your software.
Use the font unicode converter for this.
Paste the copied word into your software. You can use this for FM Font.
the Unicode converter trick mentioned worked!!
These are the few things you have to do in times like this,
I hope these methods help you all.