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Problem with Romanian diacritics in AutoCAD
Thread poster: Tobi
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Apr 5, 2007

I'm doing a DTP job and are trying to copy and paste Romanian text from a bilingual Excel sheet into an English AutoCAD DWG. Unfortunately, the diacritics get lost. Does anyone know what to do?

Thanks a lot,


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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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font problem Apr 6, 2007

Probably the version of AutoCad you are using is not configured to use a font or fonts that include characters with diacritical marks (commonly called 'Eastern European' fonts or characters).

I'm not by any means an AutoCad expert, but you may be able to find the answer with a bit of intelligent googling.

To start with, try:

1. Adjust the ACAD.FMP

For European font drawings like Greek, Romanian, Ukrainian, the second and third lines of the ACAD.FMP would be this:Arial;ROMANEUR.shx In XP, this combination allows you to see foreign language fonts in MTEXT editor and as soon as the MTEXT dialog closes, the text appears in the drawing as ROMANEUR.SHX which speeds up the drawing display.

The ROMANEUR.SHX font has been adjusted to include some of the Eastern European font characters found in Romanian and Greek alphabets.

In the (Arial;ROMANEUR.shx) line shown above, the Arial.ttf font will be replaced by ROMANEUR.SHX in the drawing, and in the DT dialog box. To make this work, the ROMANS text style points to the ARIAL.TTF font file which is used in the MTEXT editor. Once the MTEXT editor is closed, ROMANEUR.SHX font is used in the graphic screen. You can see the substitution in the -style command shown here:

Command: -style
Enter name of text style or [?] : ?
Enter text style(s) to list :
Text styles:
Style name: "ROMANS" Font files: ARIAL.TTF
Substitute font: ROMANEUR.SHX
Height: 1'-10 1/2" Width factor: 0.9000 Obliquing angle: 0d0'0"
Generation: Normal

The ACAD.fmp font map substitution will affect DTEXT, Block Attributes and MTEXT based on the ROMANS style.

[Edited at 2007-04-06 21:46]

[Edited at 2007-04-06 21:47]

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Problem Solved Apr 9, 2007

Thanks Ken,

Your link was a great help. Changing the Windows regional settings was the solution.

Best regards,


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