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When the system displays a text, whose responsibility is to select the appropriate font for the letters?

Let's say I have the following 3 fonts installed and I open a website with letters and special characters. When and how does the system decide which fonts to use?

Default system font: ISO basic Latin alphabet
FontA: special characters only
FontB: basic alphabet + special characters
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Most apps nowadays rely on the fontconfig library to render fonts. Its configuration files usually provided with the package are documented and self-descriptive. System-wide conf. files placed in the /etc/fonts/conf.d/ directory. Fallback font settings are usually in the 60-latin.conf and 65-non-latin.conf files.

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