Generating Latin with Cyrillic support OpenType font in FontLab

bvfonts's picture

I've added cyrillic characters to one of my opentype truetype fonts. This is my first time designing anything beyond Latin 1. How do I generate it in fontlab so that the cyrillic characters are included? These are the questions that I have:

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> I already have 1252 Latin 1 and Macintosh Character Set added here, I'm guessing add 1251 Cyrillic?
What about the Microsoft Character Set drop down menu? Do I leave that Western (Latin 1)?
What about the Mac script and FOND ID drop down menu? Do I leave that as Roman?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Custom [cmap] encodings> Do I add anything here?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Unicode Ranges> I'm guessing I check Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement and then Cyrillic?

anything else I should change in the Font Info box?

In Options> Generating OpenType & TrueType> OpenType TT Encoding> Do I change anything here before generating the font to support Cyrillic?

What about Options> General Options> Unicode and OpenType?
Do I change anything else in Options?

When I start to generate the font:

I go to Codepages mode and at the top left hand corner near the Font Info box, in the next box it says Unicode (I'm guessing I leave that) and then the next box should say? MacOS Roman or MS Windows 1252 Western or MacOS Cyrillic or MS Windows 1251 Cyrillic? I want the font to be Western but support Cyrillic.

Anything else I should know before generating? Does anything change if the font is generated as Opentype Postscript?

Thanks for any help!

bvfonts's picture

Nevermind, I got it. : )

Benderski's picture


Im working on a font that includes Latin1, Cyrillic & Hebrew.
My big question is how i know that the font is going to work well in a hebrew keyboard, for example.
Can you please let me know what worked for you ?

Thank you very much

Igor Freiberger's picture

Gabriel, you can simply change your keyboard layout in OS and try to type. You can also use a virtual keyboard to test it (native in Windows and available as separated app for Mac). It is also possible to create your own keyboard layout with the free Microsoft Keyboard Tool (Win) or SIL Ukelele (Mac).

Benderski's picture

Thank you Igor, I will try it. and see how it goes, thanks again!

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