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 View the glyphs in your fonts
  Often one finds the need to check the set of glyphs built into a standard eight bit font. While it is easy to locate a suitable font viewer and see the glyphs, the font viewer may not show the glyph associated with any ASCII code but go by the established name of the glyph in the encoding standard. We have provided a word document which will let you see the glyphs of all the fonts as would be rendered by the system when eight bit codes are used to identify the glyphs, as in html documents. These glyphs will also be shown correctly under Unicode (UTF8). The document which can be downloaded from this site is known as asciitab_480.doc which is basically a table displaying the glyphs in their ASCII positions. 

  The image below shows the document when it is opened. To view the glyphs of any other font, just select all the glyph cells and change the font to the desired font in the FONT selection window. You may also choose a suitable font size. The table may be printed to get a record of the glyphs for you to keep as reference. The second and third images illustrate the operation. In the final image, the full table is not shown but when the .doc file is viewed, all the glyphs from 20H to FFH will be correctly seen.

  Knowledge of the the glyph positions will also help you do direct data entry using the font in Word. To type in a glyph, you will key in the Decimal value of the glyph position with the ALT Key pressed and the Numlock key turned on. Many people in India use this method to key in data in indian scripts and some of them are very adept at using the method. Special keyboard drivers or font specific data entry applications are thus avoided. For normal users, this process is very cumbersome however. The IITM Multilingual editor is a much better alternative for font independent data entry.

Points to remember

1. The document linked below is useful for viewing glyphs on a Windows system.

2. You can get an idea of the glyphs included in the Indian language font and check if many samyuktakshars may be generated by placing the glyphs one after another.

3. You will also get an idea of the special symbols in the font.

 Download asciitab_480.doc

HTML Version of the document

 In the HTML version of the document, the same table is provided in a form that does not explicitly state the encoding used in the document. So the browser will display the text in the native encoding and this way you will be able to check if the glyphs are getting rendered properly. 

  The HTML document is required to specify the font face to be used in rendering the glyphs and so you will have to edit the text by replacing the string "iitmsans" by the name of the font you wish to see. Please use a text editor and do a global replacement. Press the shift key as you click the download link to save the document. 

Download  asciitab.html

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