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Re: Alternatives to Code2000 PUA Klingon Font

Michael Everson (

On 28 Jun 2009, at 05:16, qa'vaj wrote:

> Given the orthography discussion here, I'm posting a set of ttf's  
> that have
> alternative typefaces to the KLI pIqaD mapped into the PUA codepoints
> according to the conscript registry at
>  As you'll see,  
> I'm no
> artist or typographer, but if anyone wants to play around here they  
> are
> (zipped file containing three fonts):

There are some problems, minor, with those fonts. The font name is a  
bit of a problem because of the way the PostScript name parses name  
elements beginning with capital letters. (Not my fault, but it's  
true.) The name can be displayed in the Standard Klingon orthography  
in some of the name fields, but the Postscript field should be fixed.

Some of the other headers are empty and shouldn't be. This includes  
the designer's name, your URL, and a distribution point. Also the  
licence is not mentioned.

> brief description:
> pIqaD HaSta:  This is the only one I actually use.  Based on the  
> glyphs on the Skybox cards, where the trick was to come up with  
> glyphs for all of the missing letters while trying to keep the look  
> and feel of the few glyphs that are present.
> pIqaD Klinz: Inspired by the Mandel font in Lawrence's orthography  
> paper.

Why Klinz?

> pIqaD fusion: Whimsical interpretation of the KLI pIqaD just for  
> fun. (I said just for fun!).


> Each of them also has an extra-wide space mapped to the ASCII space  
> code.
> I originally did this in order to replace the Code2000 font (space  
> was too narrow, and the typeface was a little too 'alchemic' for my  
> personal taste).  Since I had a mind that I might share it (now  
> them), I didn't want to duplicate Lawrence's KLI typeface.  I did  
> them a few years back and no longer have any of the font tools  
> installed.  Feel free to use them in any way you like.  If someone  
> with actual skill wants to improve them, please do. (yes - I'll  
> forgo the $millions to be had in Klingon typography).

I can, at least, sort out the headers. You can write to me offlist or  
via IM and I can tell you more about the header details.

Michael Everson *

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