[sword-devel] Unicode fonts on Win95/98/98SE/Me
Wed, 19 Sep 2001 10:57:30 -0400
I have a fair amount of experience with fonts and with converting texts to
use various fonts. The problems I see are lack of widely available unicode
fonts, especially for displaying greek and hebrew, and proper display of
the fonts in a browser. Microsoft released a good unicode-capable font with
Windows 2000: I think it is called Palatino Linotype, and Netscape
(Mozilla) distributes several Open TrueType fonts (unicode capable).
Most fonts (including Symbol) do not support unicode, so if sword wants to
use unicode, we'll have to find some, especially ones that support Greek
There was also a question raised about installing fonts under Windows. This
is fairly straight forward:
1) unzip the file containing the fonts to a temporary directory.
2) In the Control Panel, select the Fonts widget and choose 'Install new
font...' under the File menu.
3) Navigate to where the new fonts are, and choose copy fonts to the font
After existing the Fonts app, you may delete the temporary directory and
the zip file if you want to.
I may have misunderstood the question. Perhaps the question was how to
programatically install fonts. If so, I have no clue.
From: Chris Little [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 11:53 PM
Subject: Re:[sword-devel] Unicode fonts on Win95/98/98SE/Me
> The font that windows has is "Symbol" font. According to what I
understand (and I admit that most of this is Greek to me) that font is not
mapped to unicode.
> I know that Logos uses fonts sold to them by Lingusist Software. Or
rather they used to use them - they changed the fonts used by their Greek
books several years back.
> On-Line Bible (OLB) also uses a special Greek font.
> I would be glad to upload (or attach) copies of those fonts for
We're committed to using Unicode because it's a good standard, it allows
reliable searching, etc. There is a way to install Greek (and Hebrew,
Chinese, etc.) fonts on Win9x, as opposed to the Symbol font, which is
intended for use in mathematical and other formulae--I just don't know
the specific mechanism for installing them. :(
I'll look into it and install Win98 on an old computer if no one posts a
method by the weekend.
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