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  • FontForge scripting - "Insert Text Outlines..." dialogue

    Hi, I'm a Python developer dabbling in FontForge to create a font for personal use.
    My goal is to create a CJK font in which glyphs (both English and Korean) will be replaced by the outline of entire words, eg:
    • "A as in aye"
    • "B as in bee"
    • "C as in cite"
    • "D as in djinn"
    • "E as in eye"
    • ...etc...
    I am able to create such glyphs manually in the FontForge UI via following steps (see images below):
    1. delete all points from original glyph
    2. use Pen Tool to create a horizontal line
    3. Element > Insert Text Outline...
    4. type in alternate word (eg "AYE") > Insert
    5. repeat for all glyphs
    But given the number of glyphs involved, I need scripts to automate.

    However, I'm unable to find the "Insert Text Outline..." UI dialogue anywhere in the scripting docs

    Anyone know how I can do this? I'm open to paying for a commercial app such as Glyphs, but again, I need to know how to actually accomplish this.
    Thanks!
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    https://graphicdesign.stackexchange....utlines-dialog
    Last edited by KitchWitch; 08-31-2017, 08:30 AM. Reason: fixed link

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    Hi 333kenshin and welcome to GDF.

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    • #3
      There's likely not a whole lot of FontForge users here, let alone someone who scripts it with Python. You might have better luck on a forum for professional type designers, like, typedrawers.com.

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