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When looking in Microsoft Word, some fonts, such as Wingdings, are shown in the dropdown using a different font for the font's name, so that you can actually read it.

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I have designed a font, but its name isn't readable, so I want to do what Wingdings did. Is it possible to define a setting in a TTF that is similar?

I am using FontForge.

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    Wingdings is tagged as a Symbol encoded font (just like, well, Symbol itself, and Webdings). This means that typing a letter such as "a" will not yield a useful graphic variant of a. Check what FontForge allows for encoding settings.
    – Jongware
    Jul 11, 2020 at 10:09
  • @usr2564301 Hmm. That's a decent hint. "The glyphs are in the MS Symbol area, so it's probably a symbol encoded font. One of those non-standard types." I also found some stuff in the documentation that may help, but I really don't know enough. fontforge.org/docs/techref/TrueOpenTables.html (search for "cmap" for character code mapping). Not sure if it's on the right track though.
    – mbomb007
    Jul 14, 2020 at 14:08
  • Maybe this helps, too? Symbol font Code pages: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/opentype/spec/os2#cpr
    – mbomb007
    Jul 14, 2020 at 14:11

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There are separate settings for Font Name and Font Display name. I’m not actively using Fontforge but as far as I remember, it was in project settings.

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  • I couldn't find anything
    – mbomb007
    Mar 14, 2022 at 19:01

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