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FAQ FontLab & TypeTool — Character Sets and Encoding

Q: How should I set up the glyph names and encodings in my font?

A: Please read the Glyph Naming and Encoding guide that describes best practices in glyph naming and encoding.

Q: Where do I put the Euro character?

A: The glyph name should be Euro and the Unicode value should be 20AC. Do not place the Euro glyph under the name currency. For further details, please refer to The Euro Symbol — where does it go? by Microsoft Typography.

Q: How can I add accented characters, diacritics to my font?

A: Please read the Generate Glyphs tricks guide to know how you can quickly add hundreds of accented characters.

Q: How to make old style figures? With either TypeTool or FontLab can one take say the old style figures out of one font and replace the lining figures in another font? My major gripe about type providers is that inevitably, even so-called old style fonts, old style (lower case) figures are not provided.

A: If you're making Type 1 fonts or TrueType fonts without OpenType features, you can open two fonts and simply drag-drop old style figures from one font to another. FontLab will ask you about replacement of the existing characters if you want to keep them. If you wish to add old-style numerals as an OpenType feature, first rename the old style numerals from "one" to "one.onum" etc., move them to the first font, and finally add an "onum" feature.