Various fonts in the Asian languages:

The English names (and when applicable the localized names)

TrueType fonts under Win32 support multiple names, stored as resources inside the font file. This name is then used to identify the font in code. That resource string, like all resources, is read according to the machine's language settings. As anyone who understands localization will realize, this is very bad since it means that the functionality is changing when the language does. The font should be made to either accept only one name worldwide, or all names worldwide.... not to accept a different name depending on the machine's locale.

Fortunately, very few languages have ever taken advantage of this "feature" of font files.

Unfortunately, most Asian fonts do take advantage of it. This table is provided to give you both the English name and the localized name -- the latter will work only on that specific locale, and the former will work on every locale but that specific one. Feel free to use this information in your own applications that need to use specific fonts for Asian data on different locales!

Thankfully, Windows 2000 and XP have fixed the problem to the point where they will accept either name. For prior versions of Windows, the only real solution is to try one font, then if that attempt fails to try the other. Thus, the list. :-)

Note: The question marks in the English list of fonts below is intentional. Due to what can only be considered awful design on the part of the font creators, these fonts were given Asian names for non-Asian locales (and such characters always become question marks).

Japanese (1041)
English Name Localized Name
MS UI Gothic (N/A)
Arphic Gyokailenmentai Heavy JIS AR行楷連綿体H
Arphic Gyokailenmentai Light JIS AR行楷連綿体L
HG??????M-PRO HG丸ゴシックM-PRO
HG????-PRO HG正楷書体-PRO
MS PR2???? MS PR2ゴシック
MS PR???? MS PRゴシック
HG?????E-PRO HGゴシックE-PRO
HG???? HG正楷書体
MS PGothic MS Pゴシック
MS PMincho MS P明朝
MS Gothic MS ゴシック
MS Mincho MS 明朝

Korean (1042)
English Name Localized Name
GulimChe 굴림체
BatangChe 바탕체
DotumChe 돋움체
GungsuhChe 궁서체
Batang 바탕
Gulim 굴림
Dotum 돋움
Gungsuh 궁서
Ami R 휴먼아미체
HYPMokGak-Bold HY목각파임B
HYShortSamul-Medium HY얕은샘물M
HYPost-Medium HY엽서M
Headline R 휴먼둥근헤드라인
Pyunji R 휴먼편지체
HYGothic-Extra HY견고딕
HYSinMun-MyeongJo HY신문명조
HYMyeongJo-Extra HY견명조
HYTaJa-Medium HY타자M
Headline Sans R 휴먼각진헤드라인
Yet R 휴먼옛체

Simplified Chinese (2052)
English Name Localized Name
SimSun 宋体
SimHei 黑体
FangSong_GB2312 仿宋_GB2312
KaiTi_GB2312 楷体_GB2312
YouYuan 幼圆
STSong 华文宋体
STZhongsong 华文中宋
STKaiti 华文楷体
STFangsong 华文仿宋
STXihei 华文细黑
STLiti 华文隶书
STXingkai 华文行楷
STXinwei 华文新魏
STHupo 华文琥珀
STCaiyun 华文彩云
FZYaoTi 方正姚体简体
FZShuTi 方正舒体简体
NSimSun 新宋体
LiSu 隶书
MS Hei (N/A)
MS Song (N/A)

Traditional Chinese (1028)
English Name Localized Name
PMingLiu 新細明體
MingLiu 細明體
DFLiHeiBold(P) 華康儷粗黑
DFLiHeiBold 華康新儷粗黑
DFKai-SB 標楷體