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Need To Replace Missing Characters With Another Font

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I'm doing some production art in InDesign CC 2018 on a Windows 10 64-bit machine. The document is a product manual for sporting equipment and it's in English and Chinese. The body text was assigned a typeface called Bryant Pro Regular using a Paragraph Style. However, it has a limited character set which does not include the many missing Chinese characters. The typeface that does have these characters is called SimSun, which I made a Character Style out of.

Is there a way (maybe using Find/Change) to apply a Character Style with the SimSun font where the missing characters show up? My first thought was to use GREP but I don't believe there's a way to describe missing characters with it. There are 205 pages to contend with so I really don't want to have to manually select each instance and apply the style to. Even with a shortcut assigned to the style, it'll take a long time.

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Need To Replace Missing Characters With Another Font

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I'm doing some production art in InDesign CC 2018 on a Windows 10 64-bit machine. The document is a product manual for sporting equipment and it's in English and Chinese. The body text was assigned a typeface called Bryant Pro Regular using a Paragraph Style. However, it has a limited character set which does not include the many missing Chinese characters. The typeface that does have these characters is called SimSun, which I made a Character Style out of.

Is there a way (maybe using Find/Change) to apply a Character Style with the SimSun font where the missing characters show up? My first thought was to use GREP but I don't believe there's a way to describe missing characters with it. There are 205 pages to contend with so I really don't want to have to manually select each instance and apply the style to. Even with a shortcut assigned to the style, it'll take a long time.

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Hi Chris,

I would like to know if the steps suggested above worked for you, or the issue still persists.

Kindly update the discussion if you need further assistance with it.

Thanks,

Srishti

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Hi Sristhi,

Well in the above scenario we can able to see the missing font or glyphs, but in may case it doesnt reflect either in find font or else in preflight. Its really painful to find such character, where in generally what I do is, will delete pages one by one and later paragraph by paragraph, other wise there is no option to find out unless until I dig deep. If I generate PDF with the missing character, while I open PDF it shows "Number out of range". Once I fix that issue, PDF wont prompt the message. Usually when ever I find that missing character generally its not any glyph, its just character highlighted with pink color for just one space and creates so much fuss. Could you please suggest how to find out such weird left out characters, it will save lot of time. Hope I'm clear. Thank you!

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Hi Sunil,

in the InDesignSecrets article there is a link to a script by Peter Kahrel, that is not working anymore.

Here the link that is working:

 

Manage missing glyphs (CS4 and later)

https://creativepro.com/files/kahrel/indesign/missing_glyphs.html

 

Version history
25 Nov. 2019: Added the possibility to apply a character style to any missing glyphs.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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