Dave,
The Noto font aims at resolving this issue: https://www.google.com/get/noto/

Aside from that mapserver supports language specific fonts. This needs
documenting aside from what can be found in the RFC
http://mapserver.org/development/rfc/ms-rfc-98.html (which has a typo, use
s/LABEL/FONT/)

FONT "arialuni,en:arial,ja:cjk,ar:arabic"

will use a specific font for a given language code. Collecting all the
fonts and mapping them to all the language codes for a worldwide osm db
will be a tiresome job...

cheers,
Thomas

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 8:04 PM Dave Barter <d...@phased.co.uk> wrote:

> I’ve done a planet load of OSM and when I view countries in the database
> using PGADMIN I can see them correctly encoded as per the image below:-
>
> http://imgbox.com/Z5SJ911X
>
> My Mapfile looks like this:-
>
> CLASS
>  EXPRESSION 'country'
>  LABEL
>   FONT sc
>   TYPE TRUETYPE
>   ENCODING "utf-8"
>   SIZE 8
>   COLOR 100 100 100
>   OUTLINECOLOR -1 -1 -1
>   OUTLINEWIDTH 2
>   WRAP ' '
>   MAXLENGTH 8
>   ALIGN CENTER
>   BUFFER 4
>   PARTIALS FALSE
>   POSITION cc
>  END
> END
>
> Which renders some of the characters but not Ethiopia as shown by this
> image
>
> http://imgbox.com/vnGmn7jT
>
> My database server is using UTF8 as the encoding. So Is the problem with
> my font?
>
> sc maps to DejaVuSansCondensed.ttf
>
> I am guessing some characters are missing or I need to use another font?
>
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