What is Font Fallback?

QuarkXPress 7 introduced the Font Fallback feature, and it’s enhanced in QuarkXPress 8. Here’s what it does: let’s say you import some text, or you change the font of some existing text. If your chosen font doesn’t contain a particular glyph used in the text, that character can be automatically replaced by another font containing that glyph, rather than displaying an open-box character.

Great… so how do you control it? It’s a preference setting:

In QuarkXPress 7’s Preferences, select Input Settings. Tick the Font Fallback checkbox to turn it on or off. By default, it’s on.

Font Fallback

In QuarkXPress 8’s Preferences, select Font Fallback. Tick the checkbox to turn it on or off. By default, it’s on.

Font Fallback

QuarkXPress 8 improves the font fallback feature by letting you specify different replacement fonts for specific scripts or languages, including Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, and four East Asian languages. You can also apply Font Fallback retroactively to text, if it wasn’t enabled when you originally imported or pasted the text.