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In ArcMap, attribute tables containing special international language characters with diacritical marks display as square boxes in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, or Windows NT 4.0 despite regional language settings. However, the characters show up correctly in Windows Vista.
A Unicode font is required to display international language characters.
The specific font is called 'Arial Unicode MS', which is normally distributed by Microsoft Office.
The reason ArcGIS is not able to display the character in an attribute table is that a Unicode font is needed to display special characters with diacritical marks such as 'Arial Unicode MS' font, which supports most Microsoft code pages on any Windows version.
Arial Unicode MS font is available by default in Microsoft Office 2007, the most updated released version.
The following procedure describes the steps for installing the Arial Unicode MS font when Microsoft Office is installed.
Select the Arial Unicode MS font to display international language characters in ArcGIS, if special characters with diacritical marks or multiple languages are being stored in an attribute table.
The Arial Unicode MS font is installed as part of the Microsoft Office Setup and is part of the International Support features.
The data file type must be Unicode, such as a File Geodatabase or Personal Geodatabase feature class. A shapefile does not support Unicode characters.
In Microsoft Windows XP, click Start > Control Panel.
Do not open the Attribute table until the next step is completed.