FW: Fontographer 4.1 Vs. Microsoft Visual True Type 4.2 (VTT)

From: Magda Danish (Unicode) (v-magdad@microsoft.com)
Date: Fri Aug 20 1999 - 12:09:28 EDT

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From: PogeyBait@aol.com [mailto:PogeyBait@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 6:38 PM
To: Magda Danish (Unicode)
Subject: Leo's follow-up: Fontographer 4.1 Vs. Microsoft Visual True
Type 4.2 (VTT)

Dear Magda:

You've kindly helped Leo last week by posting Chris Pratley's response to
initial query letter. I hope it's not too much of a burden to you to take a
look at
Leo's follow-up. Thanks in advance,
Leo writes,

"I understood how to install Universal Font, named Arial Unicode MS now in
Office 2K and linked it to Access databases, but I didn't see all symbols of

this font. For example when I type ALT + 040 and ALT + 0296 (296=40+256), I
see two absolutely equivalent symbols, i.e. Access perceived Universal Font,

as ordinary 1 byte font. Access brings only first 256 symbols; symbols with
larger codes transform to first 256 codes by means of subtracting needed
number of periods (256). What manipulations
with MS Access initial parameters I must do to obtain right MS Access
interpretation of Universal Font, as 2 byte, 40000 symbol font to have
to all of its symbols? How can I type symbols of this font? (I know three
ways for ordinary -- using keyboard, using table of symbols and using ALT +
code. May be for Universal Font exists another way?) I have a very old, but
rather good font program, named Fontographer 4.1. This program can create
symbols and may be used for surveying all symbols of interesting font.
Unfortunately I couldn't survey Universal Font using this program, because
this font is too long for Fontographer 4.1. The symbol table, which is a
of Windows 95 shows only first 256 symbols. I haven't font program to survey

this font. On the Microsoft Internet Site I read, that there
is a font program, named Microsoft Visual True Type 4.2 (VTT) to work with 2

byte fonts. I'm curious about this program!

Now I want to return to the main theme -- my database. I almost wrote
functions of this database, i.e. "frame". Now my main task -- to receive
information on crystals
grown in our Institute and type it in my database. For today I have very
small extent of information about real crystals and its losing is not a
trouble. Now I am
standing at a crossroads. If I use Universal Font I lose information typed
another font. I must decide for myself whether to use Universal Font or not.

When my database will be full of information, this transition will be very



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