A spacing font.

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A spacing font.

Post by William » Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:17 am

I was looking at http://www.p22.com earlier today and I found this page.

http://www.p22.com/lanston/products/spacing_sorts.html

This leads to the following.

http://www.p22.com/lanston/products/Lic/LicSpacing.html

There is then the ability to download the font for free!

I have had a quick look at the font in Font Creator 5.0 yet have not yet tried to use it. There is a documentation file LTCSpacingSorts.txt which is produced when the zip file is unzipped.

As this may well be a temporary offer I thought that I would post this note first before trying the font so that readers can get a copy if they so choose.

William Overington

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Post by William » Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:59 am

I have just tried to use the font with WordPad on a Windows 98 PC.

I started with a line of text in Times New Roman at 24 point as follows, that is with no spaces at all in the text sample.

ThisisatestofthespacingfontfromP22.

I had the idea of adding spaces from the spacing font between the words.

However, the system would not do this, producing long vertical lines.

Upon inspecting the metrics of the spacing font, using Font Creator 5.0 using Format | Settings... | Metrics I found that Win Ascent and Win Descent are both shown as being set at 0.

An interesting aspect of the font when studying it using Font Creator 5.0 is to look at which of the glyphs are not represented using letters of the alphabet, only using direct Unicode values, in particular U+2004 and U+2006.

This shows an interesting interaction of a decimal measurement system with a fraction measurement system.

William

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