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.
(I've attached screenshots)
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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