Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Font Directories

Eldest Son told me that the printing programs he is learning lock out most fonts so that the user isn't swamped with pages upon pages of fonts. The "book" classifies them as text, dingbats, symbols, script, and a few other things.

That doesn't make any sense. I don't know enough about fonts to devise a scheme myself, but just from inspection you can make general categories. My untutored eye says there are blocky fonts, and shaded fonts, and fonts that are good for tiny print, and such like things. A given font may wind up in several different categories--which seems harmless.

Suppose one imposes a directory structure on the fonts, and uses links to insert them in multiple places as needed. For example, if you want to search alphabetically, there's a "B" directory that contains links to all the fonts with names that start with "B". If you want German Black Letter, there's a directory for German fonts, as a subdirectory of the NonEnglish directory. The icon for the directory has not one (as Windows uses now) but multiple images of the letter A illustrating some of the directory's contents: or from subdirectories if the directory contains nothing but subdirectories.

It'd take some work to devise the scheme and implement it, but searching that would be a lot easier than scrolling down a few hundred options.

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Blogger kypAelfgar said...

I'm in the arduous process of sorting all my fonts (I have over 50,000) by type, and there are some big categories that incorporate most of the fonts you'd ever use. Body Sans Serif and Body Serif contain fonts that can be read small and make readable text, and those can be sorted further by book, decorative, and other subheaders. Script fonts can be broken into cursive, copperplate, uncial, gothic, blackletter, etc.

I have 15 main headings (most are different display fonts, since they have fewer limitations than body fonts, in terms of display and legibility), and those are being divided further as needed. Eventually I want no more than 6 bog categories, broken down into subfolders.

July 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

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