Posts in Category "Testing Fonts"

CSS Orientation Test OpenType Fonts

I am pleased to announce that the new CSS Orientation Test OpenType Fonts open source project was launched on Adobe’s open-source portal, Open@Adobe, today. This open source project consists of two OpenType/CFF fonts that were developed at the request of Koji Ishii (石井宏治), the editor of Unicode’s forthcoming UTR #50 (Unicode Vertical Text Layout). The purpose of these fonts is for developers to be able to more easily test whether glyph orientation in their implementation is correct or not.
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A very useful AFDKO ‘tx’ tool command line…

For those AFDKO users who use, plan to use, or would like to explore the broad capabilities of its tx tool, here’s a command line that is very useful when building new versions of existing fonts, especially when only a small number of glyphs have changed:

% tx -bc -sha1 -z 400 <font_file>

The <font_file> portion of the command line can be any type of font file, such as an OpenType font, a CFF resource, a CIDFont resource, or a name-keyed Type 1 font.
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Always Check Your Outlines

The photo below, which was recently taken by my long-term Adobe colleague Dirk Meyer in Beijing, serves as a not-so-gentle reminder that intersecting outlines can result in very obvious printing errors:

The photo depicts the two ideographs 出口, which represent the word meaning exit. The glyphs are obviously designed through the use of components whose outlines necessarily intersect, and under some circumstances—including the circumstance that led to the printing of this signage—can result in a negative or reverse fill.
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An “Extreme” OpenType Font

I like building fonts. I especially like building fonts with a large number of glyphs. Fortunately, my job entails developing OpenType CJK fonts, which means that I need to deal with fonts with thousands or tens of thousands of glyphs.

I built an “extreme” OpenType font last year, and spent the morning making it even more extreme. Given that “extreme” fonts are useful for stress-testing software that consumes fonts, I figured that this post would be a good opportunity to make it available to developers who may benefit by testing with this font.

Did I mention that I like building fonts? ☺
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用脚本实现字体安装

Windows的“字体文件夹”提供了安装新字体的功能, 具体方法是打开“控制面板”中名为“字体”的文件夹, 选择“文件”菜单中的“安装新字体”选项进行字体安装。如果系统盘是“C”盘,字体文件夹的目录就是 “C:\windows\fonts”,我们也可以直接手动拷贝字体文件到该目录。拷贝完成之后,字体文件夹会自动安装该字体并向系统发送字体更新的消息,所以字体文件夹具有自动安装字体的功能。但是通过指令(比如 copy指令)拷贝字体到字体目录是无法实现自动安装字体的,因为这类指令实现的仅仅是文件复制的过程,无法触发字体文件夹安装字体的功能,如想使新安装的字体有效,必须通过重新启动电脑来识别安装新字体。

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