[Image-SIG] Re: rendering symbol font with pil 1.4

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Sat Sep 27 08:24:47 EDT 2003

Angel Perea Martinez wrote:

> Hi, I´m relatively new to PIL, so perhaps I`m
> overseeing something trivial, but when I use the font
> Symbol with truetype (in the truetype mode, i see only
> squares. I have no problem with other types, as arial
> etc.
> f = ImageFont.truetype(n,fSize)
> self.draw.text ((x,y), text.encode("Latin-1"), font = f)

PIL's current freetype driver only supports fonts that use the Unicode
character set; Microsoft's Symbol font uses a proprietary encoding.

as a quick workaround, change the "getfont" method in _imagingft.c
so that the last few lines look like this:

    if (error) {
        PyErr_SetString(PyExc_IOError, "cannot load font");
        return NULL;

    /* --- start of patch --- */

    /* explicitly select Unicode or Symbol charmap */
    if (FT_Select_Charmap(self->face, ft_encoding_unicode))
        FT_Select_Charmap(self->face, ft_encoding_symbol);

    /* --- end of patch --- */

    return (PyObject*) self;

also, the symbol characters lie in the 0xF000-0xF0FF character range;
to draw e.g. symbol 68 (whatever that is), pass in unichr(0xf000+68)
to the "text" method.


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