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I'm working with a commercial template: http://templates.entheosweb.com/template_number/30483.asp

My client is French speaking, so the font needs to be able to handle special characters in French, which the current font does not at all. I don't see a straightforward way to change the font inside Joomla's admin section.

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The defualt font size for the theme is set in template.css thus

body, td, th, div, p, label, input {
color: #535353;
font: normal 13px/17px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

So you'd need to alter that. It reads as font weight normal size 13px line height 17px font family Arial.

Once you've changed that search through the remaining styles for font: or font-size and alter those property's values relative to the increased default font size.

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It makes sense that I'd have to change something in the template's CSS. That much I understand. But how will changing font-size help me make sure that the font will display special characters in French? That part I don't get. In that block of CSS you showed, the font type is set to Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif. That's general enough to allow for the display of special characters... yet it doesn't work. Why? –  enjoythelittlethings Jan 25 '12 at 14:32
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Oh well that's a different area entirely, language characters like that will only display correctly if you have your page encoding set to utf-8 and correctly tag the french content with a lang attribute. See this webdesign.about.com/od/localization/l/blhtmlcodes-fr.htm and this w3schools.com/tags/ref_language_codes.asp. You are relying however on the users computer having an OTF version of Arial that contains these characters - if they are not displaying for you you may need to upgrade your font files. –  toomanyairmiles Jan 25 '12 at 15:15
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