RE: Creating fonts for Akan language

Date: Sat Aug 09 2003 - 14:46:24 EDT

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    Thank you all for your answers to my questions on the above topic. They will give me the lead to begin working on my little project. I will get back to you if I get stuck along the way.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: ext Peter Kirk []
    Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 10:51 PM
    To: Opoku-Pong Kyekyeku (NMP/Tampere)
    Subject: Re: Creating fonts for Akan language

    On 07/08/2003 00:27, wrote:

    > Hello all,
    > I am new to this list. I have a problem and I was
    advised to contact this list so that someone could possibly
    help me. Below is what I need help with:
    > Akan is used by about nine (9) million people in Ghana.
    In 1961, the Bureau of Ghana languages devised a common
    standard script for all forms of Akan. The Akan alphabet has 22
    characters. The alphabet can be viewed from the web site:
    > Only the 5th and 15th characters of the Akan alphabet
    are not in the Basic Latin character set. The Capital form (big
    letter) of 5th character is in the Latin Extended-B character
    set with the number 0190.
    > The small letter is in the IPA Extensions set with the
    number 025B.
    > I have not found the 15th character in any character set so far.
    > My desire is to create (make) a set of fonts for the
    Akan language for Windows 2000 to begin with. I have been able
    to create a crude version for my own use but I know that the
    people of Ghana would be very happy to be able to install a
    standardized version for their own use. I would also want to
    eventually map it to a keyboard, probably with extra keys for
    the two Akan characters.
    > My problem is:
    > 1. How do I set out to create such a font?
    > 2. How do I use the existing character 0190/025B in such a font?
    > 3. How do I create and get the 15th character accepted
    in the Unicode set?
    > I would appreciate any help that anyone can give on this.
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