Use your PC to Master Japanese and Chinese
Use Other Fonts
If you have access to another Asian word processor, you can export a Smart
Characters document to a format suitable for printing in the other word
processor. The limitation of converting to the other format is that
pronunciations or notes cannot be printed as in Smart Characters. Fortunately,
if the other product's
font file format(8-
is compatible with Smart Characters, its fonts can be used directly in Smart
Using an Installed Font
You can use an installed native
(11:JIS, 15:BigFive, or 16:GuoBiao) font in the following ways:
- Use it to render native format text files which you open by selecting the
Interpret As option in the File | Open
dialog, which registers the native
as the default, thereby displaying the characters from the native font.
- Give the native symbol set font a distinct
name (not CombinedMing). Use the Format
dialog Add Typeface command to add the typeface name to a Smart
Characters document, then select the typeface. Smart Characters will concord
(translate) the characters in the 0:
to the native symbol set, and display the native font. However, characters not
in the native font will display as the missing character.
- Create a new Combined symbol set font, and copy the characters from the
native font to the new font. This is useful for merging Chinese and Japanese
Installing a Font
Although accessory fonts typically install themselves into the Smart Characters
system, you can install fonts from other Asian word processors that don't have
Smart Characters Install programs by yourself. The basic steps to
installing a font are:
directory is the default for Smart Characters fonts, but you can use any
directory or drive. If it already exists in another directory (for use with
another word processor), just note the directory.
- If necessary, copy the font onto your disk.
Native fonts are generally installed treating the alphabetic portions of the
font as all characters (no object types). Adding
dictionaries and keyboard definitions(12-
If you have difficulties,
Apropos Customer Service(F-
may be able to look up the font specifications, or figure them out for you. See
the examples for the optional native fonts FancyJIS, PlainJIS, BigFive, GuoBiao
(you can obtain these fonts by calling Apropos Customer Service).
installation of large numbers of fonts in which you know the parameters, it
might be faster to use a text editor (or File | Open | As Is | Interpret
File As) to duplicate entries in the
Scw.ini Bitmap Fonts(B-
- Select File | Install to invoke the
Install Bitmap Font(3-
dialog. Examine the existing entries. Note that fonts may be combined or split
among a number of font files. You must make a separate font entry for each span
in the font's
- Select a file that is similar in characteristics to the file you wish to
install, then select New to create a new font file entry with duplicate
configuration information at the end of the font file list, and invoke the
Install Bitmap Font(3-
- Select Browse to locate and open the new font.
- View the font while adjusting each of the 15 font parameters for an
intelligible and accurate display to discover or "reverse engineer" the font
installation parameters. Specify a
name that is unique and meaningful.
You may need to create additional fonts for special purposes. If you have
access to a particular font or
from a native word processor that you wish to use with Smart Characters, you
can convert the typeface from the native word processor's
to the Smart Characters
- Use File
to select the 0:Combined font closest to the desired
then select New to open the
Install Bitmap Font(3-
dialog. Change the Point size and typeface name as desired, then select
Create and enter a
font file name(8-
to create a new, empty font.
- Use the
dialog to select the Combined symbol set font of the closest
as the From font, and the new font as the To font. Select the
Range copy method and set both ranges to 0-8229 (the entire
font), then select Copy to copy the fonts. This step assures that there
will be default characters for those missing in the native font.
- Open, then use the
command to display the native font in the Combined map mode. Note that
missing characters are not copied.
- Use the Convert Font dialog to select the native font as the
From font, then select Copy to copy the native font to the new
font. Repeat the select and copy step to merge an alternate language.
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Last Modified: March 23, 1996
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