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Chinese characters from a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file are not readable in ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3.

Last Published: June 24, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000084711
SubmittedJanuary 23, 2015
Last ModifiedJanuary 9, 2021
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.2.2
Operating SystemWindows
Operating System Version7
StatusKnown Limit

Additional Information

This issue is due to font discrepancies. In order to remedy this issue, please use the steps in the workaround to substitute the default font.


1. In the table of contents, right-click the particular Computer Aided Design (CAD) file and open the Layer Properties panel at the bottom of the resultant context menu.2. Click the Fonts tab of the Layer Properties window.3. Select the offending font (in this case, bfhei0106.shx).4. In the Text Symbol area, use the font combo box to navigate to and select the MS Mincho font.5. Apply the change and click OK.The Chinese characters should now display properly.

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000084711


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