[Image-SIG] Fonts that draw before the cursor
cowbertvonmoo at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 22:08:58 CET 2004
I made a foray with PIL a couple days ago to determine the feasibility
of generating graphics with arbitrary "Elvish" text, with a web
interface, on demand. I used the definitive true type font to
generate a graphic of the word "ainalda", with some success. However,
it didn't print the diacritics.
The Elvish fonts contain characters that print text before the cursor.
In Elvish, you type out a consonant character, then you can apply
modifier glyphs to the previous character, like two dots on bottom, a
bar on top, or a hook attached to the end. This works fine in most
applications, including web browsers. For some reason, PIL interprets
these modifier characters as a blank space.
Does anybody out there in the blue nowhere have some ideas that might
help? I would consider getting the C source and piddling with it, but
I'd rather not. If I do pursue the C code, where would I start? Are
there alternate libraries? Could I find another tool that would
convert the font to make it work with PIL?
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