The blank box that appears when a character is missing from a font is technically called .notdef for "notdefined," but in everyday parlance, it's called "tofu." For English speakers, tofu is a minor annoyance, cropping up when someone tries to write a foreign word in a special font or text iPhone-specific emojis to an Android user. But in some languages—specifically those not supported by Unicode, the consortium on software internationalization standards—it's a big problem. Even if your language is supported, the way that computer platforms collect international fonts can make writing in two languages a jarring experience, with one font stylistically different than the other.
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Written by Curiosity Staff October 27, 2016
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