I’m building a constructed language with made-up characters. I’ve built the glyphs using the ‘other’ category, since obviously unicode doesn’t have established codes for brand new characters in brand-new languages.
My intention was to then edit the glyphsdata.xml to add entries which assigned codes from the unicode Private Use Area to the names of my glyphs. I had expected, from reading the ‘Roll Your Own Glyph Data’ tutorial that if I saved this file, and then restarted Glyphs, it would then automatically assign my glyphs the unicode codes from the data file.
The edited file is in the correct location to the best of my knowledge (~/Library/Application Support/Glyphs/Info/GlyphData.xml). I believe I am using the correct XML and valid naming conventions with no name conflicts, and the names in the data file exactly match the glyph names in the app:
In app: “sl-apa”
The rest of the XML data in the datafile is unchanged.
Can anybody see what I’m doing wrong, if anything?
Does Glyphs support using the Unicode PUAs at all? If so, how do you assign them to glyphs, if not as I’ve described above?
And finally: are there any conlangers or conscripters out there successfully using Glyphs to create fonts for their languages, and if so, what strategies are you using?
As a very, very last resort, I’ll just assign the glyphs to latin characters, and then import the font into FontLab and recode the unicode there… though I’d rather avoid the three months of intensive study it takes to get up-to-speed in that app (the whole point of using Glyphs in the first place).