"required" special characters

thierry blancpain's picture


im not sure if Design is the right subforum, please move this thread if its in the wrong place.

im finishing a font that i plan to release for free download (but with a good EULA, i asked in another thread about that part). i want to finish it for my portfolio (trying to get into a university), and right now im adding some special charaters. its a UC-only font.

right now i have

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im planning to add ( ) , @, +, the french characters (ç, ´, `, ^) and the german ones (ä ö ü).

could someone add the characters i'd need for italian and spanish? it is a free font after all, and i dont wanna work much more on this. so english/german/french/italian/spanish are the languages that i want to have in my font.

is there anything i forgot?

and: in german, there is the Sz (ß), but this is used in lc only. if i have an UC-font - would you add it? i mean its UC-only, so somehow there are reasons to add it, but also some against it..

Typography.Guru's picture

The Eszett (»germandoubles«) is replaced by two »S« in uppercase texts. So you can simply make a glyph of two »S«, but you should not leave it blank.

About the missing special characters:
It's always a good idea to design complete codepages. Take a look at:

If you use FontLab, it's very easy: Just select the codepage and fill all grey characters with your designs. So you will have support for all the languages mentioned on the Wiki pages above.


Si_Daniels's picture

I agree with Ralf, fill out at least one of the listed code-pages. If you don't want to do this, including the characters listed here http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ProductionGuidelines.mspx#office should ensure your font works in Microsoft Office.

thierry blancpain's picture

thanks alot for your help. i added a nightshift yesterday, right now it looks like this:

surely its not perfect, but it was my first "real" font and im quite proud of it (i have a nice vector-illustration poster in a sovjet propaganda style that i can use with this). and note, there is NO kerning or spacing done. this is all in illu!

thierry blancpain's picture

im not sure if anybody will answer in here, but i'll wait with making a new thread till i see that nobody answers here.

as you see this is an UC-only font. now, my question is: i could make the light weight the lc-chars and the normal weight the uc-chars. i'd like that, but im not sure how others see this issue. any opinions?

Si_Daniels's picture

Don't do it - users will still have to switch fonts to get the light weight numerals and punctuation. Just double map the glyphs u&lc or draw small caps and map these to the lc.


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