Create font for shorthand


#1

Hello,

I’m a complete beginner in font creation. I would like to have your views as to the most efficient way to create a font for Gregg shorthand.
What makes shorthand different from most other cases is that you have one symbol per sound, and in Gregg shorthand, those can be long/short horizontal straight lines, long/short diagonal lines, long/short upward/downward vertical/horizontal curves, etc. This creates an issue for ligatures, because all those symbols have to be attached to each other even though the end of a symbol and the beginning of the following one almost never rest on the same horizontal line.

This makes me think that the only way would be to create a glyph for every single word, like in Chinese, so that if you type, say, “associate” then only one glyph (the one transcribing “associate”) would appear.

In case I’m not being very clear, here is part of the basic set of symbols in Gregg: http://gregg.angelfishy.net/images/gregg002.gif

And here is a little word list, when those individual symbols are attached to each other, with the exact positioning of the joinings being wildly inconsistent:

Any advice would be really appreciated, thanks!


#2

Did you check if there are Unicodes for shorthand already? I would start from there.

Then identify glyphs (reusable pictures) that make sense. You don’t need one per word. You can also use something called cursive attachment for connecting glyphs.


#3

Thank you mekkablue.

There is Unicode for Duployan shorthand, but only because it is also used to write the Chinook language. I have not found anything for Gregg shorthand, which is a different system.
Thanks for your pointer regarding cursive attachment. Do you know where I can find any details regarding this? I guess I understand the basics with the entry and exit anchors, but it seems much more complicated than that to make it work.

Thanks again!


#4

No, that is about as complex as it gets. The handbook has all I know about it.