Character mapping/ keystrokes

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TMHubler
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Character mapping/ keystrokes

Post by TMHubler » Thu Oct 24, 2002 7:33 pm

Hello! :)

I am new to font creation and have a question. I would like to create some custom characters for and existing TTF for use with the CADD software that my company uses.

My query: Can I map these characters to a dual key stroke? i.e.: ~b = a capital letter B with and capital letter L incorporated (abrev. for baseline). If so how might I go about this?

It would be great if someone could give me some insite into this problem as entering asii code for a character or using character map is tedious and not productive! TIA.

Oh...and by the way..this software kicks ass!!! VERY AFFORDABLE and Easy to use so far!!!
Tim

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Character mapping/keystrokes

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Nov 09, 2002 11:21 pm

Sounds to me like you need a keyboard macro program.
Try keyboard pro. Then you can enter any character with a single shortcut key or a pair of keystrokes e.g. ~b
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Post by toma » Fri Dec 20, 2002 1:29 am

I'm curious how to do the same thing, except my needs are that I want to know more about how say, in the Arabic mapping, there must be a setting for key combinations. e.g. In arabic, if i type Laam + Alef (L + A) a ligature appears combinig the two--since these letters are written as one character. So, if it's been done for two, how do I creat a custom 2 or 3 character ligature (mapping)? That is, L+M+H in Arabic can be represented as one ligature. How do I get the computer to recognize such a combination? Or will i be forced to go to "Insert > Symbol" each time I want these (which would be a major pain).


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Keyboard Macros

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Dec 20, 2002 10:15 pm

I think that Perfect Keyboard Pro could be made to do what you want.
By default it comes with keyboard shortcuts to type your address and telephone number with shortcuts like:

.a = address
.p = phone number
.n = name
.e = email

So I don't see why you couldn't customise it so that:

LA = Laam + Alef ligature
LMH = Another ligature, etc.

I assume that you will want to type L, M, A, and H as separate characters usually. Clearly, such a system will not be too convenient if you change to typing English, but Keyboard Pro can be disable from the system tray, without actually unloading it, then re-enabled again when you need it.

I haven't got any special axe to grind about Keyboard Pro. I use it because I got a free copy on a Magazine cover disk. I am sure there are plenty of other similar utilites.

Visit: http://www.softwareutilities.com/ to download a trial copy.
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toma

Post by toma » Fri Dec 20, 2002 10:39 pm

Thank you for your reply.

I posted a new question since my needs diverged slightly from the original question. Please see my new question re: special characters.

sincerely,
toma

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