Insert characters to a particular location

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Insert characters to a particular location

Postby BabelStone » Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:15 pm

It would be really useful if the inserted characters from the Insert Characters dialog could be inserted at a particular location (e.g. before the currently selected glyph). At present, the characters are always inserted at the end, so I have to sort the font to get them where I want them to be, and with a very large font a sort can take a long time to complete.

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Re: Insert characters to a particular location

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:55 pm

An easy work around:
  • Insert the number of glyphs that you want wherever you want them.
  • Insert the characters at the end
  • Cut and paste special, mappings and postscript data, overwrite same mappings
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Re: Insert characters to a particular location

Postby vanisaac » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:12 am

I don't know if the same problem exists with version 6.x, but in fcp v. 5, copy/paste mappings does not work for characters in the supplemental planes (>U+FFFF).

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Re: Insert characters to a particular location

Postby BabelStone » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:44 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:An easy work around:
  • Insert the number of glyphs that you want wherever you want them.
  • Insert the characters at the end
  • Copy and paste special, mappings and postscript data, overwrite same mappings
  • Delete the empty glyphs at the end


Thanks for the tip -- I had not even realized that this paste special functionality existed. I have just tested it with version 5.6, and it works fine, including for supplementary planes.

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Re: Insert characters to a particular location

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:57 am

Although the workaround to this is quite easy to use, and even easier if one uses cut after inserting the characters, it would be a worthwhile improvement to insert characters before or after a selected glyph. However, it might be rather complex to program because there are many variations on what users might do and what they might expect.

  1. Select three non-consecutive glyphs, but insert more than three characters. • Insert one character before or after each selected glyph, and add the remainder at the end.
  2. Select nothing and insert characters • Easy enough, add them at the end.
  3. Select three glyphs, but insert only two characters. • Insert one character before or after each of the first two selected glyphs.
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