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On 10/14/13 12:46 PM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
On 10/14/2013 12:44 PM, Gabriel Risterucci wrote:
2013/10/14 Ken Springer <>

Back in the 8-bit computer days, it was easy to find simple charts for
various things, like this simple ASCII font chart.

​Ha. Things were even simpler, english used only 7bits for useful

Does anyone know of a similar simple chart for modern/contemporary fonts?
  Everything I've found so far, for charts, are far more complex than I'm
looking for.

I don't know of an exact solution that would allow you to both specify a
font and a set of characters, but on most systems you can get some kind of
character maps to display characters using a specific font. For example on
windows, ​​you can run the "charmap" program. I don't remember the name,
but I know there is something similar under KDE/Linux.

 From you posting, you use Mac, correct?

I am. But when I read Gabriel's post, I realized I'd forgotten to include a link, which is now in a follow up post. But here it is again:

I am not using Mac, but there has to be some font viewer available for Mac.

What are you looking to do with it?

Make money????   LOL, I'm on a roll here.

On the serious side... If you look at the ASCII table link, you can see that it's easy to scan the char column until you find "space" for instance, then know the Dec code is32.

I just want to do similar for all the characters in a contemporary font. Then I know the "code" to use for that extended character. I found a website, which sadly I can't find now, even with History in the browser, that had a plethora of charts. Thought I'd bookmarked it, but also apparently not. :-(

In another thread, I think here in LO, there was essentially a typography discussion. Two spaces after a period, or one? In that thread, I suggested trying the AutoCorrect function to get what you want. Now I'm going to try my own suggestion! LOL So, I need to know where the em space is, and then see if I can enter that into AutoCorrect.

In addition, I can hopefully substitute ligatures for specific letter combinations. I've installed the Typography toolbar to work with this, but apparently it only works with "Graphite" fonts, something I need to find and find out about.

Hopefully, I can get something acceptable using AutoCorrect.

I'm also going to start looking at LyX/LaTeX for better typographical output. If you look at really old books, you can see the difference between the text in them and what you generally get with a word processor.

I know that LO has a font charting display for "insert special
character" that look good.

I've yet to find of these that I find truly easy to use. And, maybe it's not possible.

If you want to print a character chart for a selected font, well most
font managers I have seen does that to some degree.

As for the KDE option - KFontView
I also use Fontmatrix on Ubuntu.

I use a paid software on Windows to get what I want though - MainType.

In the Mac OS X Tiger days, Adobe created a 32(?) page document on using the Mac's character chart, and that chart has always baffled me. Most due to lack of knowledge on my part I'm sure, and there's really nothing in the help files for OS X about it. :-(

My hunch is the character chart is totally useless to the newbie.  :-(


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