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On Linux I often use gedit and Geany, and love the interface of both. On Windows (8) however, non seem to support font fallback; that is, when I open a text file containing Chinese and Japanese characters, it displays boxes.

This is not an encoding problem, since changing the editor font to a specifically Chinese one fixes Chinese characters, but not Japanese ones, and I don't have any Chinese or Japanese font with fixed-width latin characters anyway...

How can I tell gedit or geany which fonts to use when the currently selected font misses some characters?

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You might try to use one of the fonts listed here instead stackoverflow.com/questions/586503/… –  Martheen Cahya Paulo Apr 8 '13 at 1:24
    
Ideally I'd like to stick with my current programming font for Latin characters; it's only for CJK characters that I'm interested in specifying another font. –  Clément Apr 8 '13 at 11:19

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