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CastleType Standard Codepages



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Uppercase

The uppercase letters, along with numerals and basic punctuation, comprise the first two-thirds of the Unicode standard codepage known as 'Basic Latin'. These glyphs are shown above with their corresponding hexadecimal codes. All CastleType alphabetic fonts contain the above glyphs at a minimum, as indicated by the uppercase 'A' icon shown at right. If you see the A-z icon (shown above right), the font contains both upper- and lowercase letterforms.

Although many CastleType display fonts are uppercase only, all contain diacritics and other glyphs needed for Western European languages (e.g., English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Portuguese). Most also include support for Central and Eastern European languages, and many additionally support modern Greek and languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet. Please note that for the latter languages, you will need an application that supports Unicode.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains lowercase and other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Lowercase

In addition to uppercase letterforms, a font with the lowercase 'a' icon (as shown at right) also includes lowercase letterforms as illustrated above. Additionally, such fonts contain all diacritics and other glyphs needed for Western European languages (e.g., English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Portuguese).

Note that although many CastleType display fonts are uppercase only, they may have alternate uppercase letterforms in the lowercase position. If you see the A-z icon (shown above right), the font contains both upper- and lowercase letterforms.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains lowercase and other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Euro and other currency symbols

All CastleType alphabetic fonts include the relatively new euro currency symbol (as shown at left above), which represents the standard currency in 17 European Union member countries. It is in the standard Unicode position (hex: 20AC) but is duplicated in the position of the 'currency' symbol (hex: 00A4) for the convenience of those who do not have Unicode-savvy applications. Most CastleType fonts also include symbols for cent, dollar, pound sterling, and yen. Some CastleType fonts include smaller, oldstyle symbols for dollar and cent.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Latin-1 Supplement

In addition to the basic Latin character set, fonts with the 'Eth' icon (as shown at right) contain support for languages of the Americas, Western Europe, Oceania, and much of Africa. These languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Danish, English (US and modern British), Faroese, Galician, German, Icelandic, Irish (new orthography), Italian, Latin (basic classical orthography), Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Occitan, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Rhaeto-Romanic, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, and Walloon.

Note: The additional ligatures 'Œ' and 'œ' needed for French are included in all CastleType alphabetic fonts. Uppercase only fonts will generally have the uppercase letterforms copied into the lowercase positions.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Latin Extended-A

In addition to the basic Latin character set and the Latin 1 Supplement, fonts with the L-slash icon (shown at right) support many additional languages that use the Latin alphabet, including Central European and Baltic languages, Turkish, and Romanian, as well as the proposed international language, Esperanto.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Greek

In addition to the basic Latin character set, Latin 1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, and Cyrillic codepages, fonts with the Omega icon (shown at right) also include the modern (monotonic) Greek codepage. However, even in upper/lowercase fonts, many CastleType fonts only include the uppercase Greek letters (at this time) and punctuation. Please note that for some foreign languages, you will need an application that supports Unicode, such as Adobe InDesign.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Cyrillic

In addition to the basic Latin character set, the Latin 1 Supplement and Latin Extended-A codepages, fonts with the 'Ya' icon (shown at right) support most languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet. These include: Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, and more. Please note that for some foreign languages, you will need an application that supports Unicode, such as Adobe InDesign.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Geometrics, Symbols, Dingbats, Fleurons

In addition to the character set(s) indicated by the icons, all CastleType alphabetic fonts also include a small collection of over 50 bonus glyphs, including geometric shapes (squares, triangles, circles, stars, etc.), as well as some common symbols, dingbats, and fleurons (e.g., telephone, flag, pointing hands, etc.) that you might find useful. Please note that to access these glyphs, you will need an application that supports the Unicode standard.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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OpenType Features

Most new fonts in the CastleType library include several OpenType features. OpenType features vary from font to font, but most support the following: alternate letterforms (see example above), contextual alternates (for specific languages, etc.), kerning, ligatures, discretionary ligatures, arbitrary diagonal fractions, and superior and inferior numerals. A few fonts also include small caps and oldstyle numerals, as in the example above. Please note that for these features, you will need an application that supports OpenType features, such as Adobe InDesign.

Check the other icons on the font page under Glyph Coverage to determine whether a font contains other codepages, or click on the Glyph Chart link to view the complete set of glyphs.

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Ornaments

Some fonts are strictly ornamental, and therefore do not contain letters, numerals, or punctuation. However, an alphabetic font may include a set of ornaments. The heart icon (as shown at right) indicates that a font contains ornaments. The example set of ornaments above is from Castle Fleurons, showing the corresponding alphanumeric key for each ornament. Each font is unique; check the Glyph Chart to see the actual glyphs for a font.

Although most ornamental fonts include ornaments in the alphanumeric positions (as in the example above), for best results it is recommended that you use an application that supports Unicode. An application with a glyph palette, such as Adobe InDesign, is particularly helpful for viewing and selecting the desired ornament.

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