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VOLT Release Notes - Glyph grid

Screen grab of Edit Glyphs button The glyph grid lists all glyphs in the font with their names, glyph IDs, corresponding CMAP entries, assigned types and component numbers. All this information (except the glyph IDs themselves) can be changed through the top part of the tool. Select Tools/Options to set the size of the glyphs displayed in the grid.

Before working on a font, all glyphs contained within it should be named. This can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially for large fonts. VOLT includes several options to help speed up this task and help you reuse glyph names used in other fonts. These options are documented in the section on Import and Export options.

Screen grab of VOLT glyph editor
VOLT Glyph Editor

To change glyph information, select a glyph in the grid and change its data above. Clicking somewhere else in the grid or otherwise changing focus commits your changes.

Screen grab of Find Glyph dialog

The 'Find' button (also accessible via Ctrl-F) allows you to search for glyphs by name or Unicode value (the glyphs appear in ID order).

Glyph name

While editing glyph names, press ENTER to commit the name change and automatically go to the next glyph. This is convenient for entering groups of glyph names. Glyph names may contain latin letters and digits. In VOLT version 1.1, the characters '.' and '_' are also valid for glyph names.

Screen grab of glyph type field

Glyph type

Valid options for glyph type are 'simple', 'ligature', 'mark' and 'component'. Glyph types are defined in the Glyph Class Definition Table section of the OpenType specification. A 'simple' glyph is a single character, spacing glyph. A 'ligature' glyph is a multiple character, spacing glyph. A 'mark' glyph is a non-spacing combining glyph, and 'component' glyph is part of a single character, spacing glyph.

Tip: Globally set all glyphs to 'simple' and change to other types as needed. To do this, define a glyph group that contains all the glyphs (for example, [glyph1 - glyphxxxx]) and then select 'Mark all as...' in the group tool.

Glyph ID

This field cannot be edited.


VOLT lets you edit this field, offering basic 'cmap' editing functionality. VOLT version 1.0 did not allow one glyph to have multiple 'cmap' entries. With VOLT version 1.1, this limitation is removed. You can enter one or more Unicode code points using U+xxxx, 0x or &H for each glyph. A valid entry will be displayed as U+xxxx. To assign multiple Unicode code points to a single glyph, use the format: 'U+xxxx,U+xxxx,...'. You may substitute the comma with a semicolon.

With VOLT 1.1, we also added support for surrogate glyphs. To enter a surrogate character code, use surrogate pairs such as 'U+D800DC00'.


For glyphs defined as ligatures, this indicates the number of components and is used later for defining caret placement.

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Last updated 21 October 2000.

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