How can I write roman numbers in the program inkscape? Do I have to use the glyph-mode somehow or how is it done? Strangely, manually putting in the Unicode for example for the 'I' , U+2160 does not work and give me an 'I' in the text on my drawings.

  • Hi Lucas, welcome to GD.SE! Does this happen only for those ascii characters? Or did you also find others that don't work as expected?
    – Yisela
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 16:42
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    What do yo mean by glyph mode? What happens, if you try to copy and paste the correct character? What happens if you input it diretcly (e.g., via Compose)? Also, do not forget that your font’s Roman 1 may just look like an I.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 17:14
  • you mean I should try to copy a roman IV for example from the internet and paste it into inkscape?
    – Lucas
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 17:16
  • Yes, but be sure that it’s the actual Unicode character, and not just I + V. Here is one: Ⅳ.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 6:30

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I would use whatever glyph finder ships with your OS and copy and paste as @Wrzlprmft suggests.

Inkscape itself has a character/glyph dialogue under Text -> Glyphs... but on my (Xubuntu) system I couldn't find any Roman Numerals despite you giving the Unicode for one example.

"Character Map" in my "Accessories" under Xubuntu does show me Roman Numerals and I know that Windows ships with a similar Character Map program.

  • Roman numerals should be under Number Forms in Text → Glyphs.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 10:27
  • Yep, agreed - that's where they are under "Character Map" but they don't appear in the Glyphs menu in Inkscape using the same font choice (Ubuntu).
    – user19660
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 10:36
  • For me they do, provided I choose a font that actually contains Roman numerals.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 10:36
  • I've tried this in Inkscape 0.48 on Windows 7 and it does not work. When pasting, I just get a blank space, even if the font has roman numbers (e.g. same font in both the character map and Inkscape). I've encountered similar issues with other glyphs in Inkscape. Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 12:37
  • There are various open bug reports relating to Glyph handling, Unicode fonts and copy'n'pasting over on the Inkscape bug tracker. E.g. bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/555557 bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/491995 Might be that there isn't (yet) a definitive answer on all OSes for this.
    – user19660
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 13:15

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