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Les fuentes de símbolos

¿Qué es una fuente?

Una fuente define el aspecto de los textos en la pantalla. Une fuente está consta con un archivo que contiene todas las formas de símbolos.  

The fonts that are installed in the computer system folder (Times, Courier, Arial...) can be used in any software. 

The "embedded" fonts, provided in the "Fonts" folder of Melody or Harmony Assistant, can only be used by these programs.

Several embedded fonts are provided, and can therefore be used within the program without requiring any install.

There are two kinds of embedded fonts: music fonts (Harmony Assistant only), that enables to change the appearance of a score, and text fonts, available as well in Harmony Assistant as in Melody Assistant, that enable to insert special symbols in text.

Music fonts

A group of music fonts is provided in Harmony Assisyant. These fonts are also included in Melody Player and the Myriad plug-in.
Character sets are only available in Harmony Assistant. To use them or define your own music character set, please refer to the dedicated chapter.

Text fonts

Text that is displayed on the score, as well as in the page header, page footer, lyrics line, chord line, etc. can use any font.When viewing the document on a computer that does not own one of the used fonts, an alert message is displayed, and the font is substituted with the default font (Geneva on Macintosh and Arial on Windows).

To change the text font or its attributes (size, display mode), click the lower-case light blue "A" icon. The font setting window, including an example of text in the selected font, appears.

Some text can combine several styles. A box enabling a fast access to styles and fonts is then automatically opened.

A pop-up menu lets you change the font.
Under Windows, a right-click on this menu opens the regular font selector window.

Several text fonts are provided in Harmony Assistant and Melody Assistant.
In any text of the score (title, comment, text objects, lyrics, chord names, etc.), you can then insert special characters or music symbols. In Harmony Assistant, these fonts can be used by dedicated scripts, for instance to create tablatures that need particular symbols.

In order to locate easily these fonts, their names start by "My ".

How to use text fonts?

When typing in a text, select one of the "My " fonts in the selector, then consult the sections below to match the enterer character and the symbol that will be displayed.
In these tables, character names follow the PostScript nomenclature.

The "My Chords" font

To write chord names (as well Latin as Anglo-saxon) with accidentals as well as Jazz chord symbols.

To enter a flat E chord, enter Eb. For a sharp F, enter F#. For a double-flat D, enter D<.
For instance, if you enter Mi=7  C!  D#'
You will get :

The "My Figured Bass" font

This font is dedicated to figured bass symbols.
To ease the use and alignment of figures, most of the characters have the same width.

The slash (/), backslash (\) and underscore (_) characters have no width, i.e. any character entered after will be superimposed. It enables for instance to cross a number.
For instance, enter /7 to get a diagonally crossed 7.
Spacebar moves forward by a demi-width, the equal key (=) by a complete width.
"e", "f" and "g" characters, entered one above the other, draw an open bracket that encloses several lines. "h", "i" and "j" chararcters draw the matching closed bracket.

Please note that the width of roman numerals, available from "K" to "V" keys, is proportional to the actual witdth of their symbol. They are therefore inadvisable for drawing perfectly aligned numbers.
For instance, if you enter:
e=/7 h
f#3 i
gb5 j
you will get:

The "My Autoharp" font

It enables to enter tablature symbols for Autoharp.
It is mainly used in Harmony Assistant by the "Notation > Staves > Autoharp tablature" script.

O, P and Q symbols have no width, i.e. when entered before a digit or the "T" character, they circle the symbol.
It's the same for U, V and W , which are also align on the writing base line, enabling arrows and horizontal lone to be drawn on top of each other.
For instance, if you enter: O2 P3 QT U V X UVW 
you will get:

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