Easier Editing of Data Files

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Easier Editing of Data Files

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:23 pm

There are several data files that are editable to change FontCreator's dialogues and panels, e.g. tags.txt can be edited to change the names of the tags used in the Overview panel.

However, it's stored in a protected folder, and cannot be saved there easily. If it is copied to %AppData% then it can be edited. Most users won't know how to do this.

The same goes for UnicodeData.txt, Blocks.txt, and several other files, also for the Export HTML Templates used by MainType.

Please make this easier for users by copying all editable data files on installing the programs. Ideally, one would be able to edit simple things like tags.txt from the GUI, though I can appreciate that UnicodeData.txt or Blocks.txt or glyphnames.dat should be somewhat difficult for novice users to mess with.
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Re: Easier Editing of Data Files

Postby Erwin Denissen » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:27 am

Excellent idea. We'll add this to our to-do list.
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Re: • Easier Editing of Data Files

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:44 am

This is now implemented in FontCreator 8.0 — go to Tools, Options, Advanced. Copy Data Files to User Data Folder, Open the User Data Folder, then edit Tags.txt in Notepad to rename the tags in the Glyph Overview panel. Edit Blocks.txt in the Unicode folder to hide some never used characters sets from dialogues. Edit CompositeData.xml to change the way that Composite glyphs are composed, etc.

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