Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Busy working on fonts for Esperanto

I'm likely to be preoccupied for a while because I am writing software
for installing TrueType fonts for use with TeX, and making them nice
for Esperanto.

My idea is to use a virtual font that does two things:

* Provide a dotless j, if necessary. Requires a font containing the
dotless j character.

* Provide Esperanto-accented letters. This requires only that the
font have a circumflex and a breve. The virtual font will be
programmed to draw a composite character—which, I have
discovered, is tedious to do by hand, but not difficult.

The most tedious part might be simply kern values, even if they are
just duplicates of the kerns for dotted or unaccented equivalents. I
would like to automate the task. So far I have a scsh script that can
install a TrueType font 'as is'.

My hands are starting to punish me, of course. It's not a long-term
task, the punishment will pass.

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