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I am using two fonts, STSong and STHeiti. I want to know if these fonts support ligatures, such as f + i becoming one character, or at least having two characters nearby.

  • I made a ConTeXt document, but some words, such as "off" and "fish" are appearing like "of f" and "f ish". It is possible that my code is in error though.
  • I also tried viewing the fonts in OpenOffice.org, but this seems an unreliable way to check, because OpenOffice.org seems to use font-substitution whenever I type a Unicode character with a font that does not contain that character.

Is there a way to determine if these fonts contain ligatures?

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You might want to try tex.stackexchange.com –  plainclothes Aug 9 '13 at 23:10
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I did this in Word, but you should be able to do it in anything that has a glyph or symbol viewer.

Ligatures are unique characters that have to be created, so just view the glyphs and see if the characters are there! If so, then ligatures are supported for that font. Most fonts will have at least 'fi' and 'fl' glyphs; 'ff', 'ffi', and 'ffl' are common as well.

OpenType support can be dicey from program to program, though, so if the ligatures are there but not working in the software you're using, the issue might be there instead of with the font.

Symbols palette

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