On an apple intel, I select the app textedit. Then I select the font Tahoma. I type the char key rows for option and option shift. I get an 'apple' char for option shift 'k'. I open type 3.2 and open Tahoma - looking at the glyph list I can find no 'apple' char. What's up?
Post by Allan Murray on Feb 19, 2014 2:13:54 GMT -5
The operating system is probably substituting the character from another font because the character you have selected is not in the font you are using. I know that Windows does that sort of thing (whether you want it to or not) - so my guess would be that it's a similar sort of thing on a Mac.
Thnx Allan! But I'm still having trouble editing certain glyphs for Tahoma in Typelite (and Type 3.2, demo). To reiterate, opening Textedit (on an intel iMac, OS 10.6) and selecting Tahoma font, then typing all the keyboard characters (normal, normal shift, option and option shift), the glyph appearing at option shift 'K' position is an 'apple' symbol. However, when I select the list of all glyphs for Tahoma I cannot find this character (in order to edit it). Apparently this 'happens', like in Windows systems also. How can I get to it to modify the glyph? When I was using a classic Mac system (OS 8 and earlier), I was able to modify any font and some programs that I wrote there/then I'd now like to be able to edit in OSX 10.6? I've been able to successfully modify them to OSX 10.6 usage, except for the font thingie problem. Any suggestions are very WELCOME!
Post by Allan Murray on Mar 3, 2014 20:02:14 GMT -5
Sorry, I think you misunderstood my reply. The glyph list shows all glyphs in the font.
When you are typing in text edit and you input the apple symbol, because there is no apple symbol in the font you are using, the operating system is probably substituting the symbol from a different (system) font instead.
Right you are ... that's what I believe it's doing! My problem is that in text edit I can chose say a particular font. Then I type all the keyboard chars to see which character corresponds to which key. The text documents (incorporating special text characters) that I created a long time ago in classic .. I remember, I could select a font, I think it was called ASCII ... then, typing each key would print the ascii number for that key. Then I'd chose a particular font, type all the keyboard keys and I could cross reference the ascii code to each key character. That's how I modified certain chars for a particular font. In one case the font was Geneva. But with an iMac intel using Typelite, there's no option for editing Geneva, so the closest I could find that it recognized was Tahoma. I've been able to modify several Tahoma glyphs to correspond to the keyboard character of the original Geneva font list ... but not all. I apologize for my ignorance wrt fonts and the newer systems, but that's where I'm at. My idea is that I can take a document written in this modified classic Geneva font (from a classic system) and use a substitute font to get the same characters displayed. I appreciate your time and patience ... really! I'm very clumsy with the new systems .. it's not like the 'good 'ol days' when it was easy to get under the hood and work magic. Any suggestions are welcome!
Last Edit: Mar 4, 2014 21:29:54 GMT -5 by tex999: additional thoughts