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Created:12-02-12 09:18 AM
SharedMedia: No Asian Fonts
Version: v5
by: Phanx [More]
Removes the Chinese and Korean versions of default game fonts from SharedMedia in Western and Russian game clients.

Specifically, it removes 2002, 2002 Bold, AR CrystalzcuheiGBK Demibold, AR ZhongkaiGBK Medium, and AR ZhongkaiGBK Medium (Combat).

If you’re looking for an addon to block chat messages containing East Asian characters,
check out Ketho’s BlockChinese addon!


There is no reason for these fonts to be registered by default outside of Chinese and Korean game clients, as they are virtually identical to Friz Quadrata TT and just clutter up the font menu with duplicates for most users.

A general-purpose library like LibSharedMedia-3.0 should not annoy the average user just to cater to the extremely small minority who want to use Chinese and Korean characters in a Western or Russian game client, especially when those users are already using other addons to enable East Asian characters in the chat frame and provide other language-specific features. Adding Chinese and Korean fonts to SharedMedia should be handled by such addons, not by LibSharedMedia-3.0 itself.

However, the author of LibSharedMedia-3.0 does not agree, so I created this addon to clean up my font menus.

Other Uses

You can also use it to remove other unwanted fonts; for example, if you have an addon that registers a bunch of fonts you'll never use and don't want to see in your font menus, you can add their names to the "remove" list in this addon's Lua file.


For bug reports, suggestions, or other feedback, post a comment.

Language Support

Compatible with English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, and Русский game clients.
Version 5
  • Updated for WoW 5.4

Version 4
  • Updated for WoW 5.2

Version 3
  • Added a hack to trick addons into updating their cached font lists

Version 2
  • Fixed an error that could occur at login if no addon had initialized LibSharedMedia-3.0 yet

Version 1
  • First public release
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Unread 02-15-14, 11:43 AM  
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Not difficult at all. Just make a copy, change every instance of "font" to "statusbar" (ignore the capitalized "Font"s as they don't affect functionality, or you can change them if you like), remove the "hacks for stubborn addons" part, and remove the 4th argument to LSM:Register (everything from "GetLocale()" and the comma before it, to "nil" at the end of the line, but not including the closing parenthesis).
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This is awesome. I'm using it to get rid of all the horrid fonts some addons install but that I'll never use. Genius!

How difficult would it be to make a version of this that cleans up the statusbar texture list? That would be equally amazing.
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The excess fonts I never use drives me insane. I finally wanted to get rid of them and cannot believe you actually have an addon to do it easily. Thank you!
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Thanks for this
Why is common sense not as common?
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