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Ok. .well firstly.. I can't sleep right now... I tried, I failed. So this might not make as much sense as I want it too..

You have been warned.

Ok.. remember those fonts I created? Ok.. good. Well.. I'm trying to work out exactly what characters I need to make it a basically complete character set. I'm not going to include and letters of a Russian origin.. and prolly none of the Greek ones either.. because, well, frankly... its too much work.

However.. I do want to get most of the other characters used. Now a lot of European languages use mostly the standard Hebrew based alphabet (what adobe and others rather irritatingly call the "western" or "standard" alphabet) with some variations. like the wiggly bit on the C in French (the cedilla?) and such like.

However I don't know them all... I'm a dufus with languages - its something I want to correct, and will someday - so I need your help. Scandinavian based languages have lots of uber funny characters (to me that is)... so some help there would be good. I think I have the "thorn" character and the "eth" (that would be þ and ð) but that’s all I know that are in those sets.

Its actually more knowing where to stop than what characters to do, as I have all the characters listed, but they include about 1000 characters - most of which I don't need.

So yeah.. this is where all you language people who put me to shame and make me forget I'm speaking to someone who English is their second or third language come in.

Basically I need the character encoding you guys use, (like Latin-1,2 or 5) or at least the "non-standard" (adobe again) characters that are in your languages. Please, please, please help. I want you to be able to use my fonts.

Thanks :)

Now please can I get some sleep...? please?.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
1st Jun, 2003 19:56 (UTC)
no greek...*fights tears*
I'll do the greek...
just let me at it!
2nd Jun, 2003 03:50 (UTC)
Re: no greek...*fights tears*
hahaha.. are you sure? ITs for two fonts.. that means doing them twice in two different styles.

*pats gently* there there.

I may eventually include the greek, but I'm not sure if it would be totally worth it right now.

If you have an utter obsession for the greek characters and want to put yourself through that Adobe Illustrator hell.. feel free ;)
1st Jun, 2003 23:43 (UTC)
'Scandinavian based languages have lots of uber funny characters (to me that is)... so some help there would be good. I think I have the "thorn" character and the "eth" (that would be þ and ð)'

Those characters aren't used in modern day Scandinavian languages but belong to the era of the Vikings. Also, if you looked further into Old English you'll find that those characters were used on the British Islands too, already before the Viking invasion.
2nd Jun, 2003 03:48 (UTC)
Thats why I said "based" - they are both used very commonly in Icelandic, which is as close to the old viking as can be.

For example - Someone I know online there says he can read the old norse sagas without too much effort as there has been very few gramatical or spelling changes. Cool huh?

But yes this is true, however they still use other 'non standard' characters.
2nd Jun, 2003 04:37 (UTC)
old norse sagas
I recall being made to read them too in school...

How's your command of Old English? Can you make heads & tails of Beowulf?
2nd Jun, 2003 08:53 (UTC)
Re: old norse sagas
After a fashion. I can't read it like I was reading say.. Shakespear (who I've never had any problems with).. but I can grasp it.

Usually takes me more than one go at a passage though to really get it.

I really liked Micheal Chrichtons 'Timeline' for the way he dealt with older style speach (not quite old english or french, but not quite new either).
2nd Jun, 2003 08:55 (UTC)
would a plug-in for photoshop work? i think i have that......
2nd Jun, 2003 08:59 (UTC)
Oh you're already here..! heh.. misstimed apeal in one of my comments then :D

A plugin for photoshop? Maybe.. I'm working in Illustrator and Fontogrpaher.. but any reference of the alphabet would be nice (even just a jpg really). What sort of plugin?

2nd Jun, 2003 09:08 (UTC)
the plug in is for photoshop 6.0 and makes it a 6.1 with all the icelandic fonts and doodles and stuff.... mes donts knows hows tos describes plugs ins :D

but we also have Illustrator and we can do all the icelandic crap on it.... i will search and see what i can find... otherweise a .jpg would not be any problem....
2nd Jun, 2003 09:19 (UTC)
yay! thanks hon :)
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