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Blue dots appear instead of characters in typeset documents
Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word
Documents that use the Times New Roman Italic font, Times New Roman Bold font,
and occasionally some other fonts do not typeset correctly. When the document
is displayed in the TrueTeX Previewer, characters appear as blue dots.
Some localized versions of Windows rename fonts as part of the localization
process. The registry may contain the original font name but the font itself
may be renamed. For example, in Spanish Windows, the registry refers to "Times
New Roman Italic," but the font itself is named "Times New Roman Cursiva."
Similarly, "Times New Roman Bold" is named "Times New Roman Negrita." Unless
TrueTeX knows the localized names, it can't find the fonts and displays blue
dots instead of the correct characters.
This problem occurs in Spanish Windows and French Windows, and it may occur in
other non-US versions of Windows as well.
Follow these steps to create a new font substitution file and add it to the
list of files used by the TrueTeX Previewer. These instructions are specific
to Spanish Windows, but you can modify them easily for other localized
versions of Windows.
For each font that doesn't preview correctly, determine the font name used by
the localized version of Windows:
Start the Windows Control Panel and choose the
In the list of fonts, double-click the font to view the font
sample. For example, double-click Times New Roman Italic
At the top of the window, note the font name. This name must be used in the
new font substitution file.
Close the font sample.
Create a new font substitution file listing the localized names.
Using an ASCII editor, create new file and type the lines below. Lines that
begin with a semicolon are comments and can be omitted. This example
illustrates how to rename the Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier New fonts
for Spanish Windows.
; Additional font substitutions to take care of localized
font names (embedded in the font names)
the [fonts] section header is mandatory for TrueTeX to recognize a set of font
Times New Roman=times
Times New Roman Negrita=timesbd
Times New Roman Cursiva=timesi
Times New Roman Negrita Cursiva=timesbi
Arial Negrita Cursiva=arialbi
Courier New Negrita=courbd
Courier New Cursiva=couri
Courier New Negrita Cursiva=courbi
Save the file to the TCITeX\TrueTeX directory of your program installation
using an appropriate name, such as SpanishSUBS.ini.
Add the new file to the existing list of font substitution files:
Start the TrueTeX Previewer.
From the Options menu, choose
Expert and then choose
Font Substitution File(s) to open a dialog
listing the current font substitution files.
The list usually scrolls past the width of the dialog.
Press the End key to move the insertion point to the end of the existing list.
Note: The new font substitution file must be added to the end
of the existing font substitions.
Type a semicolon followed by the complete path name for the new font
substitution file. Assuming your program directory is C:\swp55, you can add
SpanishSUBS.ini for this example by typing
Choose OK and then choose
Yes to leave the previewer.
The next time you preview the document, you should see the correct characters
instead of blue dots.
Downloadable font substitution files
The following font substituiton files for different locales have been
following font substitution files are useful only with the TrueTeX Previewer
version included with Version 5.0 Build 2570 and later:
Last revised 02/01/07
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