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I have a document which contains some pinyin. I find that many fonts I tried, however, don't contain all of the tone marks.

I have set up the following test file which shows all of the possible letters used within pinyin which contain tone marks:

\setmainfont{Minion Pro}
\setCJKmainfont{Adobe Song Std}
        \item ā ē ī ō ū ǖ Ā Ē Ī Ō Ū Ǖ
        \item á é í ó ú ǘ Á É Í Ó Ú Ǘ
        \item ǎ ě ǐ ǒ ǔ ǚ Ǎ Ě Ǐ Ǒ Ǔ Ǚ
        \item à è ì ò ù ǜ À È Ì Ò Ù Ǜ
        \item a e i o u ü A E I O U Ü

When I build the file, quite a number of letters are missing. When I view the file, I see many boxes. Yet xelatex does not tell me any errors.

  • What font settings should I consider which will look great and have all of the letters I need?
  • As xelatex did not display any errors, does that mean the PDF is fine, but my PDF reader has a problem?
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Missing chars is not an error per se, but *TeX reports them in the log, check it. – Khaled Hosny Nov 21 '11 at 3:47
I compile your code and get almost right document, I just use Adobe Song Std since I have no Minion Pro font. I only miss ǖ and Ǖ, it's odd. – Pig Cry Nov 21 '11 at 5:18
Some serifed fonts that have the full range of accent: Charis SIL, Gentium Plus, Linux Libertine O, CMU Serif, DejaVu Serif, Times New Roman. – Alan Munn Nov 21 '11 at 6:44
@AlanMunn,follow your comment, I get the full range of accent, thanks. – Pig Cry Nov 21 '11 at 8:00
@AlanMunn Would you turn your comment into an answer? – egreg Dec 3 '11 at 22:22
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It depends on the font whether it has a full range of accents. The following are some serifed fonts that have the full range of accents. Other than Times New Roman, all are free, OpenType fonts.

  • Charis SIL
  • Gentium Plus
  • Linux Libertine O
  • CMU Serif
  • DejaVu Serif
  • Times New Roman.
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DejaVu Sans also seems to have them. – Zelphir Feb 21 at 3:52

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