Program showing precomposed characters in Unicode?

charles ellertson's picture

When updating Postscript Type 1 fonts to Unicode (Adobe fonts only, of course), I frequently have to come up with the Unicode index for a character. For example, we may have a character named “Vcaron” in our Type 1 font. If Vcaron is already a precomposed Unicode character, I need the number. If not, I just add it to the ccmp feature.

What I need is a cheap (free would be nice) tool that lets one enter individual characters & then tells you if a precomposed character exists (in 4.1.0). SC Unipad does this, but it is pretty pricey for just this feature.

Thanks,

Charles

dab's picture

I just use a textfile of character names for this and grep for the character I want to know about. In the Vcaron example, I'd say

grep V.WITH.CARON unicode_nameslist.txt

which would give me no result, but, say,

grep H.WITH.CARON unicode_nameslist.txt

would give me

021E LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H WITH CARON
021F LATIN SMALL LETTER H WITH CARON

I can of course also grep for "CARON" for a list of all precomposed characters involving carons, and all other sorts of things. I really see no need for a separate program to do this.

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