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What's in Your Font?

How to Create a Chart of Your Legacy Font

Joan Wardell, 2005-07-11

Before converting your legacy data to Unicode, it is useful to know what's in your font. This procedure will create a chart showing the decimal value and character of each codepoint. If you do not have the legacy font for your data, you may skip this step.

This step is part of the procedure How to Write a Conversion Mapping for your Legacy Font.

  1. If you haven't already, install your font by dragging it to your WindowsFonts shortcut.
  2. Double-click your WindowsFonts shortcut.
  3. Change the view to display Details by clicking View > Details.
  4. Scroll to your FontName. Write down your FontName and Filename as listed here. You will need it in the next step.
  5. Then, to find out all the characters in your legacy font, download this Microsoft Word chart and follow the directions inside.
YourFont2003.zip
Joan Wardell, 2005-07-25
Download "YourFont2003.zip", ZIP archive, 9KB [2040 downloads]


Compare your chart with this one of the Courier New font. (You must have the Courier New font installed to view this chart.)

YourCourierNew Font.zip
Joan Wardell, 2005-11-01
Download "YourCourierNew Font.zip", ZIP archive, 8KB [1597 downloads]


If you do not have the Courier New font installed, here is another source for the information:  http://www.unicode.org/charts/. See Basic Latin and Latin-1 in the lower-left-hand corner. (Ignore the first two columns on each chart.)

If the characters are the same in your chart and the Courier (or Unicode) charts, you do not need to write a mapping for your legacy font. It is already using the standard Unicode numbers. If any of the characters are different, you need to convert any important data typed with this legacy font to Unicode.

Note:

If you normally have your computer set to a language other than English, (such as French, Arabic, Russian, others), be aware these instructions assume Codepage 1252, the standard setting for English. Your results may differ.


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