With the amazing help and cooperation of an IGP:Portal Partner we have now got CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) working in IGP:FLIP. That means the benefits of simultaneous production of print PDF, Online Content and ePubs is exactly the same for Asian ideographs as for Western European languages. The considerations:
- Your fonts must be Unicode (they will be huge but can be simplified or traditional).
- The CJK will be left to right. No top down right to left sorry.
- If you are making an ePub your e-Reader device must be Asian language empowered, but that is generally not an issue for a Sony Reader.
That means we now officially support:
- All Western and Eastern European languages: Latin, Greek Cyrillic
- All CJK languages: Chinese, Japanese and Korean
- All Indic scripts
That just leaves Thai, Arabic and Hebrew to round out the trickiest aspects of rendering and working with the languages of the world.
Of course this doesn't mean devices or readers support all these languages. But if you create the content, maybe the knob brigade will bring the readers.If they don't we go HTML5 and Android.
The only language we have really left to conquer is the ever challenging MathML, the ultimate lingua franca.