I’m doing some stuff that involves foreign placenames and need some better fonts. Especially Times New Roman.
I’m running Win98 and I think I have the standard MS fonts which aren’t too bad. But only one of the fonts (Lucida Unicode) has a certain character that’s in the Latin Extended-B set. I don’t much care for Lucida.
Anyone know where I can get a better set of fonts?
Time New Roman (as do most major fonts) already include a great number of foreign characters and symbols. There are keyboard shortcuts for all of these that are universal. For instance, “ñ” can be created by holding the “Alt” key while typing 164 on your 10-key keypad.
A good way to access these characters without knowing the keyboard shortcuts is by running Character Map, a program built into Windows. You should find this program under Start / Programs / Accessories / System Tools. If not, you can also run it by clicking the Start button, choosing Run…, typing in charmap, then clicking OK.
Character Map allows you to copy a character from the available set and paste it into your document. It also gies the keyboard shortcut equivalents in the lower right corner.
If that’s the case, go down to your local Best Buy and get a font CD. You can get hundreds of fonts for next to nothing.
The problem with free fonts is:
[li]They are usually built by someone working in their basement (frelancer, student, tinkerer, etc.), not a company, so [/li][li]they don’t usually have full character sets. Many free fonts just have numbers and the standard alphabet, maybe some special characters but rarely any foreign characters, which is what is being requested.[/li][/ul]
I guess I wasn’t quite as clear as could have been. I already have the MS Times New Roman that comes standard with MS Word. It doesn’t happen to have a certain character that I need. I was wondering if someone knew of a different Times New Roman (or similar font) that has all of the Latin Extended-B characters. Or at least a lot more than the handful that the MS one does.
From what Jberto says, I better not be optimistic about finding what I want. Perhaps I should roll my own.
The character I need right now is the schwa, which is used in Azerbaijani. On further research, I’ve found that its lowercase is 0x259 which is in the IPA Extensions charset (even though there’s an identical looking character in Latin Extended-B) but the capital form is 0x18F in the Extended-B set.
However, in the future I’m pretty sure I will need others in the Extended-B set.