On 9 Oct 96 at 17:40, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>Could you help me to make a list of Word Processing software (Editors) for
I'm in the process of creating a True Type font which contains as
many of the non-standard characters used in African and other
languages as I can pack into it. It also contains accents which are
coded separately from ordinary characters, so the user can combine
any accent-mark(s) with any character.
The aim (absurdly ambitious, I know) is to produce a single font
which can be used to write all the languages which use the Latin
alphabet and characters derived from it. I don't actually expect to
achieve that, but the aim is to get as close to it as possible.
The font looks as much like Times New Roman as I can make it without
infringing the copyright, so it is not an exact copy, and is derived
from a public domain original, not from Times itself.
Since True Type fonts are usable with any Windows program and on
modern Macs, this font should make it unnecessary to have a special
word-processing package for African languages.
Would that help? If so, I would be happy to email it to anyone who is
One version of the font has accents with no advance-width, i.e. when
you type an accent, the cursor does not move, and the accent appears
over, under or even through the previous letter. With this version,
there is no need to use advanced word-processing features such as
overstriking to obtain combinations of char+accent.
There is also an excellent freeware utility called Keys, created by
a chap called Peter Szaszvari. This enables users to create and
alter their own keyboard mappings very easily.
I have created a Keys mapping for my font, which makes using my font
Unfortunately, I know virtually nothing about African languages: I'm
on this list because I love languages, not because I know them! My
font is still in the process of being developed, and I would be very
grateful for comments and suggestions from anyone willing to try it
If anyone would like a copy, please let me know and I'll email it to
individuals, so as not to overload the list.
Please note, the font is still being developed, so it is not yet
ready for general release: it is far too scruffy for that!
The final version will be shareware, but will of course be free of
charge for academic use by members of this list.
Arts Computing Development Officer
University of Leeds
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