[office2000] Re: Fonts and "Special Symbols" Question

  • From: "Renee Cooper" <reneemi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <msoffice@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 11:14:48 -0700

"Zapf dingbats" is a printer font.  Ask your friend what printer is his
default on his machine, then install that driver on yours (you can point
to Nul if you don't have it) and you'll see the symbols when you reopen
the doc.  I see the font when I install an HPIIISi Postscript driver.

For documents meant to be distributed to others, printer fonts are not a
good idea to use for this very reason.  You can see which are printer
fonts in the toolbar font dropdown because instead of a TT symbol next
to it they have a little printer symbol.  If you are using the font
dialog there's a line of text at the bottom underneath the sample that
tells you what kind of font it is.  The Insert Symbol dialog does not
specify the type of font though.

Hope that helps!

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Betz [mailto:jimbetz@xxxxxxxxxxx]=20
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 3:15 PM
To: msoffice@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [office2000] Fonts and "Special Symbols" Question

  Can someone explain the "special symbols stuff" to me?

  Here is what I think is happening ...

  When a document is loaded into Word it can load a "special"
symbol file (the dingbats?) and that file "modifies" the current
definition of the meaning of special keystroke combinations.
Hence - in one document an alt-ctrl-S might put up one special
symbol and in another document the same combo (alt-ctrl-s)=20
might put up a different special symbol.

  Is this true?  Does anyone know how one determines which
zapfdingbats file is in use in a particular document?  Or
how the document 'links' to it?  And how does the document
know which zapfdingbats file to load - is it as simple as
'the first one it finds' - and it looks in the same folder
as the document first?

  Here's the practical side of what I am trying to do.  A guy I know
has written a document about the card game of Bridge.  In that doc
he has symbols for the suits (a red heart for hearts, etc.).  But
when I open the document I don't see those symbols.  So how do I
figure out what I need to see those symbols - and where do I find
the file once I know what it is?
  A web search for zapfdingbats returned dozens of different=20
downloadable files and they even seemed to be targetted towards=20
different applications (such as Adobe PDFs and plotters and ___).
  Yes, I've asked the guy who sent it to me and he is clueless.
All he knows is that it works on his computer.  He also says that
I'm not the only one he's sent these docs too and they are all
having probs.

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