RE: [xep-support] euro sign with font Lucida Handwriting Italic

From: Michael Bradbury <>
Date: Thu Nov 12 2009 - 11:13:49 PST

All - We checked the font file Stijn Elst provided and confirmed it doesn't
contain the Euro symbol glyph. One way to determine if the glyph exists is
to use something like CharMap on Windows.
Michael Bradbury


From: []
On Behalf Of Kevin Brown
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 9:40 AM
Subject: RE: [xep-support] euro sign with font Lucida Handwriting Italic

I agree with Bob, font fallback is always good practice. In your case, if
the glyph appears in the font with a font viewer but not with RenderX, I
would send the font in to zipped with a description of
the problem. If could be that the font is corrupt at that character.


One note, we always caution about the use of Arial Unicode MS as a font for
documents. It is a super font, containing many, many glyphs but it is not
totally open/free -- it is licensed and you should check whether you have
license to use this font.


It also has a huge copyright notice which XEP respects and includes even if
the font is subsetted. The result is an increase of probably 250K to a
document for one character.


Lastly, while not necessarily that important for the use case of RenderX in
technical publishing but of great concern to our high performance (billing,
invoicing, statements) customers ... it can take significant time to parse
the font to extract a single character. In one instance, it quadrupled the
time to render one page for a form letter application.


Kevin Brown




From: []
On Behalf Of Stijn Elst
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: [xep-support] euro sign with font Lucida Handwriting Italic

thanks for your response


I already tried &#128; and &#x80; and &#x20AC;


they all result in a rectangular character, only with that specific font,
very strange





----- Original Message -----

From: Mark <> Cilia Vincenti


Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 2:31 PM

Subject: RE: [xep-support] euro sign with font Lucida Handwriting Italic


Try using &#128;



Mark Cilia Vincenti - Freelance Internal Developer
GFI Software -


From: []
On Behalf Of Stijn Elst
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 1:59 PM
Subject: [xep-support] euro sign with font Lucida Handwriting Italic





How can I render the euro sign using the font Lucida Handwriting Italic?


The resulting pdf only shows a square where the euro sign should be...


I have no problems with euro signs of other fonts, just with this font.


Other characters of the Lucida Handwriting Italic font render just fine.


My xep font file is correctly configured (we use v4.15).


Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Kind regards,

Stijn Elst.


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