Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Dot over the ‘i’

It’s the little things, and in this case the very little things. I just wasted five #$%^ing hours trying to fix the dot over the ‘i’. Let me explain. You might have noticed the font used in the comic is unique to this comic. That’s because I spent way too much of my free time building my own custom font using a program called “Fontforge”.

So when I redid the panel templates for 2019, I used different sizes of fonts and noticed the larger the font size, the more the dots over the i’s looked a little off. I did some manual tweaking and resizing in the bitmap editor, but I didn’t want to mess with the hassle of editing the font itself.

Fast forward a few months, and it was still bugging me… Just look at the “i” in the “Twice” in the page header. Why is that dot so small? Basically, once you see it, you can’t unsee it. This needed to be fixed.

There were a few other problems with the font as well. The dash was too long, the copyright symbol was not proportional, and other minor things I felt needed a tweak. Since there had been an OS reinstall since the last time I work on my font, I had to install the latest version of Fontforge before I could start editing.

Oh the joy. This latest version of Fontforge insisted my font had errors. It proceeded to #$%^ up a few of the letters like ‘b’, ‘e’, and ‘q’. It took me three hours to fix everything. It bitched and complained about anything else it could whenever I tried to generate the font. Finally, after I got rid of all the errors and glitches, I generated the font, and then for some reason, the font would not work.

The #$%^ing font would not work.

First of all, Fontforge is a travesty of a font editor. Looks like something designed for Windows 1.0. It’s about as intuitive as reading a technical manual written in Jenglish. While I would never have been able to create my font without the program, I still want to hunt down the program designer and beat them with a pool noodle.

I spent another two hours pouring over everything on that font. Finally I realized I was generating the font into the wrong format that my bitmap editor couldn’t even read. Ugh! I’m such a bonehead! I changed it to “Truetype”, and magically the problem was solved.

I just spent five #$%^ing hours trying to fix the dot over the “i”, and nobody in the entire #$%^ing world will give a shit.

What am I doing with my life?


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