Font Localization

A Font Localization represents a language-dependent font style. It defines the typeface, size, and other attributes of a Font Style for a particular language. Most Font styles only have a single localization, but you may need to define additional localizations if the base font does not support all characters for all languages in a multilingual installer.


The following attributes and options are available.

Attribute Description

Select the primary language for the font localization from the drop-down list. You can also select Neutral to indicate a language-independent font localization; a Neutral localization is used if no language-specific version is available for a particular language.

Sub language

Select the sublanguage for the font localization from the drop-down list. Some languages have language-specific sublanguage options, others use the following predefined sublanguages:

  • Default - Indicates a localization for the user's default sublanguage.
  • Neutral - Indicates a localization for all variants of the primary language.
  • System default - Indicates a localization for the system's default sublanguage.

Font Localization selection in a multilingual installer takes place as follows:

  1. If an exact (language, sublanguage) match is found, the matching localization is used.
  2. Else if a match on the primary language is found, that match is used (or the first one, if there are several).
  3. Else if a (Neutral, Neutral) localization is found, that localization is used.
  4. Else the system default font is used.

To avoid surprises, we recommend that you always define a (Neutral, Neutral) Font Localization for each Font Style. In most cases, this is the only localization that you will need.

Font name

Select the desired font name from the drop-down list. Note that the drop-down list contains all fonts that are present on your own system; the same fonts are not necessarily available on all target systems.

Tip: Safe font choices are: MS Shell Dlg, MS Sans Serif, Arial. Microsoft recommends using MS Shell Dlg for all dialog boxes.

Point size Select the desired font size, expressed in points (1 point = 1/72 inch). TrueType fonts are scalable to any size; non-TrueType fonts are only available in certain sizes (usually at least 10 and 12 point).
Weight Select the desired font weight. Not all weights are visibly different; usually only Normal and Bold can be distinguished and all other weights map to one of these two.
Character set [Read-only] Character set associated with the font.
Italic Check this box to make the font italic; clear it for roman.
Underline Check this box to underline the font; clear it for a normal rendering.
Strikeout Check this box to strike out the font; clear it for a normal rendering.
Style sample [Read-only] Previews the currently selected font attributes.

Related topics

Font styles, Working with attribute panes