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RIM Explains New Fonts in BlackBerry 10 – Hints At More Language Support

Slate Pro Font

Devs working on the latest BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha OS and latest SDK’s may have noticed some font changes. Some of the default Adobe fonts are no longer available and RIM has added a whole list of new fonts to replace the depreciated ones. They have also set the new default font for Cascades to Slate Pro though other fonts can be substituted based on locale and region of the device. Slate Pro does not seem like a free font ( by Rod McDonald?) but it is close to Helvetica.

Locale Fonts

What I found most interesting is that the new font support specifically adds languages that are not currently supported on the PlayBook. Specifically I am seeing Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Bengali, Hindi, Thai, and a few more. This is on top of all the rest of the fonts available to components like WebWorks or developers embedding their own fonts. Kizito Kasengulu gave a great breakdown of the changes and what they mean on the DevBlog. Hopefully Kizito incorporates it into the BlackBerry 10 documentation and UI Guidelines.

Personally I am really excited to see Hebrew support and I hope it is available at launch!

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  1. Right now I’m having ‘fonts’ problem with my playbook although I have managed it into my mobile (Blackberry 9800) from bloging site. The problem is it doesn’t support all Nepalese unicode fonts. Such as comment on facebook in Nepalese unicode fonts which can’t be read without proper fonts installation. So I’m desperate to get solution.

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