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Re: CHAT: Fonts (Re: CHAT: Constructed maps)

From:Paul Bennett <paul.w.bennett@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 17:49
On Tue, 26 Jun 2007 15:21:58 -0400, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>

> Paul: > << > In Windows, you have the full set of around 4,000,000,000 unassigned > Unicode characters at your disposal (assuming you need to exceed the > 6400-character Private Use Area), and with Microsoft's own Keyboard > Layout Creator (a free download), you have the full power of the Windows > IME system at your disposal for mapping from keystrokes to glyphs. > >> > > Let me emend my statement, as you can, of course, do this with > Macs, too.
Absolutely. Just about every modern computer system has at least some Unicode support by now. I didn't mean to imply that Macs didn't, and I'm sorry if I sounded that way.
> I haven't been able to figure out how to gain access > to all the Unicode blocks with my font program.
I use Fontforge, which is a free download and is installable on Mac, Linux, and Windows (the latter with the help of Cygwin) -- there's even a VMS installable if you're into that sort of thing, and I suspect the Linux version would build on z/Linux. The UI is a bit clunky, but it seems to work well -- you have to use an additional program to insert Graphite or OpenType combining/composing rules, but I actually prefer that method since you can pick and choose the best tool for your particular needs.
> I should one day figure out the Unicode, but thus far, I haven't > needed to.
Alan Wood's site is where it's at, above and beyond any other site I've seen: That site holds fonts, programs, tutorials, and links (and much more). I recommend it without reservation. Paul -- Using Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: