Fontlab - Setting a custom character map

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Fábio Duarte Martins's picture
Joined: 23 Nov 2005 - 10:27am
Fontlab - Setting a custom character map
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As you can figure by the title, the question is pretty straight-forward.

How can I set my custom character map in Fontlab?

Cheers!

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Joined: 13 Jul 2001 - 11:00am
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I think this actually belongs in the BUILD area. I've moved it for you. :)

John Hudson's picture
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Joined: 21 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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You'll need to explain what you mean by 'custom character map'. FontLab provides a number of different options for encoding a font, and which is relevant depends on a number of factors including the format of the font. What is it that you are trying to achieve?

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Joined: 7 Feb 2005 - 5:37pm
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I have made some 'fake' codepages for FontLab just to put similar characters side by side and work on them. For that, I simply copied a codepage from codpages folder of FontLab and changed its name and changed the codes to those I wanted to put together... it takes time!
Note that this was never intended to affect the font encoding process.

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Joined: 21 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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That's a really complex way to achieve that goal, Behnam. You could just view in Glyph Mode and drag the glyphs you want adjacent next to each other in the glyph order. Or you could make a custom name based layout (.enc) file, which is easier to edit than a codepage.

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Joined: 7 Feb 2005 - 5:37pm
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Well, I use them for drag and drop and other stuff too (comparing fonts, checking for missing glyph etc.). But you are quite right. My technics leave something to be desired! You haven't heard anything about my technics yet! One day I will write a book called 'How I made fonts'. That will be a classic!

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@John H: What is "glyph mode"? Is that "index mode"?

Ramiro Espinoza's picture
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Joined: 1 Aug 2002 - 9:32am
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Hi there,

What about editing an existing encoding like Mac OS Roman in 'Index Mode' (moving manually the glyphs and/or eventually creating or re-encoding them) and when you are happy with the result, you chose the command 'Save encoding'.

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Ramiro.

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Joined: 25 Feb 2004 - 11:00am
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The easy way for the full set is to open the enc file in a text editor and reorder the glyphs as you would like. You can also use a spreadsheet like Excel where you can put lists next to eachother as columns and drag and drop things around. Be sure to rename your file afterwards.

ChrisL

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Joined: 21 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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Yes, glyph = index mode. This exposes the Glyph ID order of glyphs in the font, as distinct from an name, encoding or codepage order.

Fábio Duarte Martins's picture
Joined: 23 Nov 2005 - 10:27am
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Thank you, guys!
I'll try these different approaches and see what fits me best.

Cheers!