標楷體 on a Mac (Traditional Chinese font)

Apple computers–no matter what your opinion of them–are becoming increasingly popular. While they have excellent language handling (the ability to switch languages in an instant is pretty amazing) there’s still a few drawbacks. One I ran into with Chinese was a missing font–one that is used in many documents in Taiwan, especially academic papers.

The font is called 「標楷體]」. It’s actually quite a nice font and prints well. For some Chinese practice, here is an explanation of why you need the font from a blog that also has it for download (link below):

不管是 Office 2008 for Mac 或是 Office 2004 for Mac 只要指定[標楷體]字形,就會變成四方形的亂碼,遲遲不對應的[標楷體]成為Mac的麻煩 (我想應當是Win與Mac雙方的專利問題),凡是在Mac收到[標楷體],你必須指定英文的[BiauKai]才會出現比較正確的標楷體,網路上有將Window中的標楷體放置到Mac的例子,雖然在安裝時會有警訊,但可供Mac使用者參考。安裝後[標楷體]會取代[BiauKai],如果之前是已經設定成[BiauKai]的話則不會自動取代。

To install it is pretty easy, and you can download a zip of the font from this blog post.

Hope this helps anyone that may have come across this issue!

Note: While running Lion, I noticed I had two instances of this font. Perhaps it is now included.

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