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João Afonso Belloc's picture
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Rendering glyphs
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I need to render these glyphs in a Word document, without resorting to copy/paste images as I did here.

Thanks in advance for any hint

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You won't be able to display the boxed SP with a font, I think.

These two are easy, and you should find quite a few fonts that support the simple Unicode characters:
ɑ U+0251
№ U+2116

The d with a hacek above is a bit trickier. This is best attempted using a lowercase d with a combining hacek mark (U+030C), but software may normalise this as U+010F -- ď --, which has a different form. This is because this is the conventional display of d+hacek in two European orthographies that use the diacritic, Czech and Slovak.

João Afonso Belloc's picture
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>> You won't be able to display the boxed SP with a font, I think. <<

But how this character and many other boxed characters were printed in this Unicode code chart ?

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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Using a specialised font (and since you can’t copy the content to check, they could really be any character).

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Yes, the Unicode glyph charts make use of specialised fonts to display visual representations of control characters and other normally non-visible entities. They are also built using a custom piece of software, which means they avoid the default layout behaviours of typical text processing apps when dealing with these characters.

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The d with a hacek above is a bit trickier. This is best attempted using a lowercase d with a combining hacek mark (U+030C), but software may normalise this as U+010F -- ď --, which has a different form. This is because this is the conventional display of d+hacek in two European orthographies that use the diacritic, Czech and Slovak.

Try U+0064 U+034F U+030C -- works with some fonts (e.g., Calibri, Charis SIL, Doulos SIL).

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You won't be able to display the boxed SP with a font, I think.

Well, there is the SYMBOL FOR SPACE Character (U+2420) “␠”. Its look depends on the typeface.
I see it in Arial Unicode MS, Lucida Sans Unicode and Apple Symbols on my machine.

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Joined: 12 Apr 2011 - 6:06am
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Great suggestions. Thanks to all of you !!!

1. John, I want to assure you that before posting the question I spent almost an hour trying to find the character ɑ U+0251 in the code charts, to no avail.
2. Bob, the trick with the Combining Grapheme Joiner worked beautifully in Calibri.
3. Ralf, unfortunately the characteres U+2420 and U+20DE (COMBINING ENCLOSING SQUARE) don't combine in Arial Unicode MS. In Lucida Sans Unicode, the glyph for the character U+2420 (␠) is even better, but the font doesn't have the code U+20DE.

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