I'm currently facing a use case, where I've the need to create a (single) Crystal Report .rpt file which is able to deal with dynamic content in point of view to the languages supported by the content fields displayed.
Or let me try to rephrase this in other words: I'll need to put text into the generated report, where the source language of the content is dynamic. Since the corresponding language can be any of the following (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese), it would not work to prepare a Crystal Report .rpt file, where for example a single specific western latin font is assigned for the corresponding field in the report, when there are Japanese characters are coming into.
In the past a workaround for the described scenario was, to prepare the Crystal Report file by using the so called "Arial Unicode" font. That was available as simple truetype file (.ttf) which is supported by Crystal Reports. And "Arial Unicode" included characters for all the languages named above. But since licensing for Arial Unicode changed, I need to look for alternatives / new workarounds and there is no single truetype font alternative available which I can make use of in that specific scenario.
All modern alternative unicode fonts like Google Noto or IBM Plex for example, are split into font families. So you won't by able to get a single truetype font file and simply use it with Crystal Reports. Instead you get multiple fonts, e. g. "Google Noto Sans Regular" for western characters and "Google Noto Sans CJK Japanese Regular" for Japanese. So each language / region hat it's own font file. While in Crystal Reports I can only assign one single specific font to a field and not a font family, as far as I understand. As a result I will not be able to fill that report with dynamic multi-language content since not all required characters can be supported. Additional to this, all modern unicode fonts exceed the possible char set of the old truetype font file format, as a result modern unicode fonts are delivered in .otf format instead, which I think is not supported by Crystal Reports.
Question: How to create multi-language dynamic rpt file, where fields inside of the report can be configured, to enable them to display multiple characters of various languages - e. g. sometimes Japanese for example and sometimes latin western characters, depending on the source input text.
I am looking forward to any help and support on this topic.