Microsoft's Font Properties Extension

If you work a lot with fonts, you’ll probably be interested in Microsoft’s Font Properties Extension, which will run under Windows 95 or higher (sorry, Mac users).

The extension makes it possible to display information about a font’s origin, copyright, and licensing; its hinting and smoothing; whether or not the font can be embedded in a document; and perhaps most important, the font’s character set.

Microsoft notes that the extension also “includes version and date information” and “describes the font in terms of number of glyphs, number of kerning pairs, the possible existence of a euro symbol, and the presence of embedded bitmaps within the font.”

It’s a useful tool, and best of all, it’s free. You can learn more here:

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/property/property.htm

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READERS WRITE

John Renish wrote to say that the previous newsletter’s macro to fix all caps in text didn’t run. I offer my apologies and the corrected macro:

'THE MACRO STARTS HERE
Sub FixAllCapsInText()
'Macro created 10/26/2003 by Jack M. Lyon
'
Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
With Selection.Find
.Text = "[A-Z]{2,}"
.Replacement.Text = ""
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindStop
.Format = False
.MatchCase = False
.MatchWholeWord = False
.MatchAllWordForms = False
.MatchSoundsLike = False
.MatchWildcards = True
End With
Selection.Find.Execute
While Selection.Find.Found = True
Selection.Range.Case = wdTitleWord
Select Case Selection.Range
Case "A", "An", "As", "At", "And", "But", _
"By", "For", "From", "In", "Into", "Of", _
"On", "Or", "Over", "The", "Through", _
"To", "Under", "Unto", "With"
Selection.Range.Case = wdLowerCase
Case "Usa", "Nasa", "Usda", "Ibm", "Nato"
Selection.Range.Case = wdUpperCase
End Select
Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
Selection.Find.Execute
Wend
MsgBox "Finished!", , "Fix All Caps in Text"
End Sub
'THE MACRO ENDS HERE

If you don’t know how to use macros like that one, you can learn how here.

For more information, see our previous newsletter:

http://www.topica.com/lists/editorium/read/message.html?mid=1715274489

Thanks, John.

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RESOURCES

Microsoft’s Disagreeably Facetious Type Glossary is hopelessly old-fashioned, unabashedly British, and a delight to read, and it will reveal the meaning of typography terms that you never even knew existed.

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/glossary/content.htm

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