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shahidr100's picture

I have a font which has more than 65536 glyphs in it. Whenever I work on it, I get lots of issues. Sometimes the file does not save sometimes the glyph name error is displayed as its more that 32 chars.

I want to create it from the scratch. I need to copy around 30000 glyphs from one sfd file to another. How do I do that? Any script?

The font I am working on is Arabic Unicode Font.

I am using Windows 7 64 bit and new to FontForge.

Thanks and regards,

shahidr100's picture

Ok a simple copy paste worked. But will it copy the lookup and other data?

Karl Stange's picture

All of this sounds like a very bad idea. What are trying to achieve?

Thomas Phinney's picture

> I have a font which has more than 65536 glyphs in it.

The major font formats do not support more than 64K glyphs in a font. You have hit a hard limit.

Rather than copy/paste, you could duplicate the SFD file, and then delete unneeded glyphs. That way you could be sure not to lose any metadata or interglyph info such as kerning....

shahidr100's picture

This is what I want to achieve:
I am working on The Holy Book of Quran. In India it has a specific style and format. The text in Black in the link below is what I want to achieve.

The text in red is the actual Unicode Arabic font and the words in black text is saved as glyphs. Each word in its own glyph. What I want to do is that when I type the word in Unicode Arabic font, corresponding glyph in black should be displayed. There are approx. 20000 such glyphs.

The current font has more that 65535 glyphs so I wanted to reduce it to 65535. Is there any way to do that.
I will write the lookup data for 20000 glyphs again. Can I share Unicode space of some other language and copy the glyphs in that location. I will share some codepoints frm Private area some from Bengali, Devnagari and some other scripts to cover 20000 approx. glyphs.

John Hudson's picture

You don't need 20000+ glyphs to display the Quran text correctly, you just need a font with appropriate layout technology to handly dynamic letter joining and mark positioning. See, for example, Muhammad Zuhair's impressive Albazi Naskh font (Pakistan).

Even if you do go the route of large numbers of word ligature glyphs, you do not need to encode these glyphs, and definitely should not hijack Unicode character codes from other languages and scripts to do so.

I recommend that before you do any work on this project you properly research OpenType Layout and how it works.

[You might also be interested to research DecoType's Arabic script layout technology, which although not as widely supported as OpenType is more powerful and better suited to Arabic script. DecoType are able to accurately display Quran text with fonts that contain only a few hundred glyphs.]

shahidr100's picture

Ok thanks. I will try to do that. As I am new to Font Development it might take some time. I have already started copying individual glyphs to the new one.

There is one thing which I did not understand when i was working on the above mentioned font.
In the font which I was trying to edit some of the glyphs are not displaying in other applications (specially Quran Publisher) but shows up perfectly in Word 2007. Actually there was no lookups defined for it so i renamed the glyph and added a lookup in FontForge. Am I missing something? D I have to click on "Unlink Reference". If my lookups are wrong then it should not work in Word also!! Any guess or ideas??


shahidr100's picture

I mean to say that the ligature combination is not showing the proper glyph in my Quran Publisher application

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