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variant glyphs representing the character a (allographs of a) in the Zapfino typeface.
variant glyphs representing the character a (allographs of a) in the Zapfino typeface.

In typography, a glyph is the shape given in a particular typeface to a specific grapheme or symbol. Image File history File links Zapfino_glyphe. ... Image File history File links Zapfino_glyphe. ... Demonstration of the full-word ligature for the name of the Zapfino typeface. ... A specimen of roman typefaces by William Caslon Typography is the art and techniques of type design, modifying type glyphs, and arranging type. ... “Font” redirects here. ... In typography, a grapheme is the atomic unit in written language. ...


The term for the abstract entity represented by a glyph is character: a typographical character may be a grapheme (an element of a writing system), but also a numeral, a punctuation mark, or a pictorial or decorative symbol (such as dingbats, or Unicode's "Miscellaneous Symbols"). Writing systems of the world today. ... A numeral is a symbol or group of symbols that represents a number. ... The term punctuation has two different linguistic meanings: in general, the act and the effect of punctuating, i. ... This article is about the typesetters ornament. ... The Unicode Standard, Version 5. ... The Miscellaneous Symbol plane of Unicode (2600–26FF) contains various glyphs representing things from a variety of categories: Astrological, Astronomical, Chess, Dice, Ideological symbols, Musical notation, Political symbols, Recycling, Religious symbols, Trigrams, Warning Signs and Weather. ...


Two or more glyphs representing the same grapheme, either interchangeably or context-dependent, are called allographs. Allography, from the Greek for other writing, has several meanings which all relate to how words and sounds are written down. ...


In graphonomics, the term glyph is used for a non-character, i.e: either a sub-character or multi-character pattern. The interdisciplinary field of graphonomics is directed towards the scientific analysis of the handwriting process and the handwritten product. ...

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Etymology

The term has been used in English since 1727, borrowed from glyphe in use by French antiquaries (since 1701), from Greek γλυφη "a carving," from γλύφειν "to hollow out, engrave, carve" (cognate to Latin glubere "to peel" and English cleave). Events 1727 to 1800 - Lt. ... Events January 18 - Frederick I becomes King of Prussia. ...


Compare the carved and incised "sacred glyphs" hieroglyphs, which have had a longer history in English dating from the first Elizabethan translation of Plutarch, who adopted "hieroglyphic" as a Latin adjective. It has been suggested that Hieroglyph (French Wiki article) be merged into this article or section. ...


But "glyph" first came to widespread European attention with the engravings and in lithographs from Frederick Catherwood's drawings of undeciphered glyphs of the Maya civilization in the early 1840s. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article is about the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Typography

In typography, a glyph is a particular graphical representation of a grapheme, or sometimes several graphemes in combination (a composed glyph), or only a part of a grapheme. In computing as well as typography, the term character refers to a grapheme or grapheme-like unit of text, as found in natural language writing systems (scripts). A character or grapheme is a unit of text, whereas a glyph is a graphical unit. A specimen of roman typefaces by William Caslon Typography is the art and techniques of type design, modifying type glyphs, and arranging type. ... In typography, a grapheme is the atomic unit in written language. ... RAM (Random Access Memory) Look up computing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The term natural language is used to distinguish languages spoken and signed (by hand signals and facial expressions) by humans for general-purpose communication from constructs such as writing, computer-programming languages or the languages used in the study of formal logic, especially mathematical logic. ... Writing systems of the world today. ... Graphic redirects here. ...


For example, the sequence ffi contains three characters, but can be represented by one glyph, the three characters being combined into a single unit known as a ligature. Conversely, some typewriters require the use of multiple glyphs to depict a single character (for example, two hyphens in place of an em-dash, or an overstruck apostrophe and period in place of an exclamation mark). In writing and typography, a ligature occurs where two or more letterforms are written or printed as a unit. ... Mechanical desktop typewriters, such as this Underwood Five, were long time standards of government agencies, newsrooms, and sales offices. ... This article is about the punctuation mark. ... A dash is a punctuation mark, and is not to be confused with the hyphen, which has quite different uses. ... For the prime symbol (′) used for feet and inches, see Prime (symbol). ... A full stop or period (sometimes stop, full point or dot), is the punctuation mark commonly placed at the end of several different types of sentences in English and many other languages. ... an exclamation mark An exclamation mark, exclamation point or bang, !, is usually used after an interjection or exclamation to indicate strong feeling. ...


Most typographic glyphs originate from the characters of a typeface. In a typeface each character typically corresponds to a single glyph, but there are exceptions, such as a font used for a language with a large alphabet or complex writing system, where one character may correspond to several glyphs, or several characters to one glyph. “Font” redirects here. ...


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Look up glyph in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
  • In the Appaloosa Interactive video games Ecco the Dolphin and Ecco: The Tides of Time, a "glyph" is one of several different types of crystalline objects which are usually larger than the protagonist, Ecco. Glyphs may block routes, give a "password" for passing routes blocked by other glyphs, restore Ecco's energy, give hints, or save the game in certain levels.
  • In Heroscape, glyphs are magic objects on the ground that grant special powers.
  • In Guild Wars a glyph is an Elementalist only skill that usually help with energy management.
  • In the MMORPG MapleStory there's a quest item called "Hyper Glyph".
  • In the mobile text input technologies, Glyph is a family of text input methods based on the decomposition of letters into basic shapes. For more details goto this page

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Appaloosa Interactive is a Hungarian company that produced numerous console games during the 1980s and 90s. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... For other uses, see Crystal (disambiguation). ... This article is for the Guild Wars series. ... This article is about the original game for Windows. ...

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Embedding Glyph Identifiers in XML Documents (760 words)
A glyph identifier is registered through the procedure for glyphs in ISO/IEC 10036 and its technical corrigendum 1.
Glyph Reference Language is a language for embedding glyph identifier(s) with XML documents.
The value of this attribute is a glyph identifier according to ISO/IEC 10036 and its technical corrigendum 1.
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Glyph component determines which data component is used to scale and rotate the glyphs.
The vector mode scales the glyph by the magnitude of the vector, and also rotates the glyph in 2 or 3 dimensions based on the vector subcomponent values.
The component mode scales the glyph in 2 or 3 dimension using the magnitudes of the vector subcomponents.
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