I need to automate a process of verification which Unicode characters have actual glyphs defined for them in a True Type Font file. How do I go around doing that? I can't seem to find information on how to make sense of the numbers I seem to be getting when I open a .ttf file in a text editor.
otfinfo looks promising:
-u, --unicode Print each Unicode code point supported by the font, followed by the glyph number representing that code point (and, if present, the name of the corresponding glyph).
For example DejaVuSans-Bold knows about the fl ligature(ﬂ):
$ otfinfo -u /usr/share/fonts/TTF/DejaVuSans-Bold.ttf |grep ^uniFB02 uniFB02 4899 fl
Here is a simple script that lists all fonts that have specified glyph:
#!/usr/bin/env python3 from fontTools.ttLib import TTFont import sys char = int(sys.argv, base=0) print("Looking for U+%X (%c)" % (char, chr(char))) for arg in sys.argv[2:]: try: font = TTFont(arg) for cmap in font['cmap'].tables: if cmap.isUnicode(): if char in cmap.cmap: print("Found in", arg) break except Exception as e: print("Failed to read", arg) print(e)
First argument is codepoint (decimal or hexa with 0x) and the rest is font files to look in.
I didn't bother trying to make it work for
.ttc files (it requires some extra parameter somewhere).
Note: I first tried the otfinfo tool, but I only got basic multilingual plane characters (<= U+FFFF). The python script finds extended plane characters OK.