I created this group of TrueType fonts, based loosely
on Helvetica, Times and Garamond, because I couldn't find fonts on the
Internet that were useful. Apple's Chinese Language Kit doesn't seem
to have any way to display these characters (at least not easily, and
I can't find that feature if it's there).
Most foreign accented characters on the Mac are accessed by first typing
a key combination, which seemingly does nothing (these are called dead-keys),
followed by another key. An example would be hitting 'option-n' and
then the letter 'n' to get 'ñ'. When you install the Pinyin fonts
into the Fonts folder of your System Folder, install the included Pinyin
keyboard layout in your System file, too. Select the layout in the Keyboard
Control Panel, or in the Keyboard Menu in the menu bar, for those of
you who have that activated.
What this keyboard layout does is organize these new
characters a little better on the keyboard. Type a certain dead-key
combination, like option-a, and select the correct character with the
number keys. For example, typing option-a, then 2, would give you á.
option-e, then 4, would give you è, etc. Pressing the spacebar
after hitting the dead-key combination just gives you the plain letter.
Check this stuff out in the Key Caps desk accessory that comes with
Mac OS (under the Apple Menu).
option-a, then 1-4
For those rare occasions when you need an uppercase
vowel with the accent over it, type the dead-key, then shift-1, or whatever.
New in this version: I did an italic
version of the serif font. I couldn't figure out how to generate the
font so that it just goes italic when you choose italic from your word
processor's menu, so it's its own selection in the menu. It's a little
extra work, but you wanted a dedicated italic, didn't you? I'll fix
it later, just choose it from the font menu for now.
Info for Windows users:
Sorry, this font set is no longer available for Windows
users. Times have changed, Windows has changed, and I can't keep up
support for it.
The keyboard layout diagram (which requires
Acrobat) is only for use with Mac OS 9 or earlier. The keyboard
layout is not currently compatible with Mac OS X.
Thanks to Tim Richardson for motivating me to make
these fonts. Enjoy!
Rich's PinYin Fonts for Mac OS and Windows