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How do fonts work?

  1. Jun 12, 2007 #1

    JasonRox

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    I've been learning Cantonese for the last little bit, but only the speech part.

    I want to learn some of the writing too, but I don't know how to see certain fonts. What kind of files are they? Where do they go?

    I found some sites that had downloads, but they didn't inform on how to use them.

    Can anyone help?
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2007 #2
    Aww...I thought you were going to ask how computers store fonts, in which case I was going to respond, "parametric equations!" Oh well...

    Anyway, back in the day when I had Windows 3.1, I downloaded a few fonts. Basically they just came as some executable files which installed themselves on my computer. I'd guess they still work the same way today.
     
  4. Jun 12, 2007 #3

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    Easy. Just drop your Safari menu, hover on 'Services', then on 'Chinese Text Converter', then click on 'Convert Selected Chinese Text'. Oh, wait... you use one of those stupid Windows-burners, don't you? Sorry, dude... can't help. :tongue:

    On the other hand, fonts are really just specialized graphics character sets. You can even make your own. The trick is to get your text generator to recognize each set and choose the corresponding character from the one that you've selected. There are programmes available to facilitate that.
     
  5. Jun 13, 2007 #4
    You have to add it to the fonts folder in your system flies.

    My computer >> Control Panel >> Fonts

    Just drag it into there and your done. It will appear when you run MS office.
     
  6. Jun 13, 2007 #5

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  7. Jun 13, 2007 #6

    siddharth

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    Last edited: Jun 13, 2007
  8. Jun 13, 2007 #7

    JasonRox

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    All I get is these gz. or .tar files that my computer doesn't recognize.
     
  9. Jun 13, 2007 #8

    siddharth

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    I'm sorry. I didn't realize that the files were for linux. For windows, have you tried following the steps in the link Astronuc gave?
     
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