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BabelStone Centaurian

Description

BabelStone Centaurian is a font based on the Centaurian alphabet used in the first UK edition of Artemis Fowl : The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer (it has been replaced by the ubiquitous Gnommish script in the American and recent UK editions). See Pigpen and Fowl Fonts for more information.

The Centaurian alphabet is cypher of the English alphabet, but with the twist that the space character is a non-blank glyph and the character corresponding to the letter T is a blank space. Creating a non-blank glyph for the space character proved to be quite problematic as Windows apparently always uses the space character (U+0020) as the break character regardless of what you define the break character to be in the font (the usBreakChar member of the OS/2 table), and if the glyph mapped to U+0020 is not blank all sorts of unpleasant things happen when you try to use the font (see Sorting It All Out for further details). In my font I hack around the problem using advanced OpenType features—I make the glyph for U+0020 blank, but unconditionally substitute the desired non-blank glyph for the space character in the GSUB table. This works on Windows as long as your system has Uniscribe version 1.420.2600.2180 or later of installed (i.e. you are running Windows XP SP2 or later). If you are running an earlier version of Windows (e.g. Windows 95, 98 or Me), or if you want to use the font with an application that does not support advanced OpenType features, you can access the special space glyph by using the underscore (_) character.

None of the text samples in Centaurian that I have access to use the letters "J" or "Z", so I have devised my own glyphs for these two letters. I have also devised my own glyphs for the digits 0..9 and all the punctuation marks and symbols in the Basic Latin block (U+0000..U+007F). Note that uppercase and lowercase letters are identical.



Samples

BabelStone Centaurian (20 points)

The Arctic Incident (UK 2002 edition) page 145



Character Repertoire

The tables below render each character in the BabelStone Centaurian font, either using the font installed on your local machine or using a WOFF font if the font is not installed on your local machine.


Basic Latin [0000..007F]

Code Point Character Name Glyph
U+0009 TAB
U+0020 SPACE
U+0021 EXCLAMATION MARK !
U+0022 QUOTATION MARK "
U+0023 NUMBER SIGN #
U+0024 DOLLAR SIGN $
U+0025 PERCENT SIGN %
U+0026 AMPERSAND &
U+0027 APOSTROPHE '
U+0028 LEFT PARENTHESIS (
U+0029 RIGHT PARENTHESIS )
U+002A ASTERISK *
U+002B PLUS SIGN +
U+002C COMMA ,
U+002D HYPHEN-MINUS -
U+002E FULL STOP .
U+002F SOLIDUS /
U+0030 DIGIT ZERO 0
U+0031 DIGIT ONE 1
U+0032 DIGIT TWO 2
U+0033 DIGIT THREE 3
U+0034 DIGIT FOUR 4
U+0035 DIGIT FIVE 5
U+0036 DIGIT SIX 6
U+0037 DIGIT SEVEN 7
U+0038 DIGIT EIGHT 8
U+0039 DIGIT NINE 9
U+003A COLON :
U+003B SEMICOLON ;
U+003C LESS-THAN SIGN <
U+003D EQUALS SIGN =
U+003E GREATER-THAN SIGN >
U+003F QUESTION MARK ?
U+0040 COMMERCIAL AT @
U+0041 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A A
U+0042 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER B B
U+0043 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER C C
U+0044 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D D
U+0045 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E E
U+0046 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER F F
U+0047 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER G G
U+0048 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H H
U+0049 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I I
U+004A LATIN CAPITAL LETTER J J
U+004B LATIN CAPITAL LETTER K K
U+004C LATIN CAPITAL LETTER L L
U+004D LATIN CAPITAL LETTER M M
U+004E LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N N
U+004F LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O O
U+0050 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER P P
U+0051 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Q Q
U+0052 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER R R
U+0053 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER S S
U+0054 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER T T
U+0055 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U U
U+0056 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER V V
U+0057 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W W
U+0058 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER X X
U+0059 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y Y
U+005A LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Z Z
U+005B LEFT SQUARE BRACKET [
U+005C REVERSE SOLIDUS \
U+005D RIGHT SQUARE BRACKET ]
U+005E CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT ^
U+005F LOW LINE _
U+0060 GRAVE ACCENT `
U+0061 LATIN SMALL LETTER A a
U+0062 LATIN SMALL LETTER B b
U+0063 LATIN SMALL LETTER C c
U+0064 LATIN SMALL LETTER D d
U+0065 LATIN SMALL LETTER E e
U+0066 LATIN SMALL LETTER F f
U+0067 LATIN SMALL LETTER G g
U+0068 LATIN SMALL LETTER H h
U+0069 LATIN SMALL LETTER I i
U+006A LATIN SMALL LETTER J j
U+006B LATIN SMALL LETTER K k
U+006C LATIN SMALL LETTER L l
U+006D LATIN SMALL LETTER M m
U+006E LATIN SMALL LETTER N n
U+006F LATIN SMALL LETTER O o
U+0070 LATIN SMALL LETTER P p
U+0071 LATIN SMALL LETTER Q q
U+0072 LATIN SMALL LETTER R r
U+0073 LATIN SMALL LETTER S s
U+0074 LATIN SMALL LETTER T t
U+0075 LATIN SMALL LETTER U u
U+0076 LATIN SMALL LETTER V v
U+0077 LATIN SMALL LETTER W w
U+0078 LATIN SMALL LETTER X x
U+0079 LATIN SMALL LETTER Y y
U+007A LATIN SMALL LETTER Z z
U+007B LEFT CURLY BRACKET {
U+007C VERTICAL LINE |
U+007D RIGHT CURLY BRACKET }
U+007E TILDE ~

Latin-1 Supplement [0080..00FF]

Code Point Character Name Glyph
U+00A0 NO-BREAK SPACE
U+00B4 ACUTE ACCENT ´
U+00C0 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH GRAVE À
U+00C1 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH ACUTE Á
U+00C2 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH CIRCUMFLEX Â
U+00C3 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH TILDE Ã
U+00C4 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS Ä
U+00C5 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE Å
U+00C6 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER AE Æ
U+00C7 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER C WITH CEDILLA Ç
U+00C8 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH GRAVE È
U+00C9 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH ACUTE É
U+00CA LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH CIRCUMFLEX Ê
U+00CB LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH DIAERESIS Ë
U+00CC LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH GRAVE Ì
U+00CD LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH ACUTE Í
U+00CE LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH CIRCUMFLEX Î
U+00CF LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH DIAERESIS Ï
U+00D0 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER ETH Ð
U+00D1 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N WITH TILDE Ñ
U+00D2 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH GRAVE Ò
U+00D3 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH ACUTE Ó
U+00D4 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH CIRCUMFLEX Ô
U+00D5 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH TILDE Õ
U+00D6 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH DIAERESIS Ö
U+00D8 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH STROKE Ø
U+00D9 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH GRAVE Ù
U+00DA LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH ACUTE Ú
U+00DB LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH CIRCUMFLEX Û
U+00DC LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH DIAERESIS Ü
U+00DD LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH ACUTE Ý
U+00E0 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH GRAVE à
U+00E1 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH ACUTE á
U+00E2 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH CIRCUMFLEX â
U+00E3 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH TILDE ã
U+00E4 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS ä
U+00E5 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE å
U+00E6 LATIN SMALL LETTER AE æ
U+00E7 LATIN SMALL LETTER C WITH CEDILLA ç
U+00E8 LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE è
U+00E9 LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH ACUTE é
U+00EA LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH CIRCUMFLEX ê
U+00EB LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH DIAERESIS ë
U+00EC LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH GRAVE ì
U+00ED LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH ACUTE í
U+00EE LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH CIRCUMFLEX î
U+00EF LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH DIAERESIS ï
U+00F0 LATIN SMALL LETTER ETH ð
U+00F1 LATIN SMALL LETTER N WITH TILDE ñ
U+00F2 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH GRAVE ò
U+00F3 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH ACUTE ó
U+00F4 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH CIRCUMFLEX ô
U+00F5 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH TILDE õ
U+00F6 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH DIAERESIS ö
U+00F8 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH STROKE ø
U+00F9 LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH GRAVE ù
U+00FA LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH ACUTE ú
U+00FB LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH CIRCUMFLEX û
U+00FC LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH DIAERESIS ü
U+00FD LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH ACUTE ý
U+00FF LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH DIAERESIS ÿ


OpenType Features

[VOLT project file]


Script Language Features Explanation
Latin <latn> Default <dflt> Glyph Composition Decomposition <ccmp> Substitution of non-blank glyph for the space character


Version History

Font Version Date Notes
BabelStone Centaurian 1.00 2008-02-02 Initial release
BabelStone Centaurian 1.01 2013-11-06 Licensed under SIL Open Font License 1.1


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BabelStone Centaurian is licensed under the SIL Open Font License 1.1, which means you are free to use it for personal or commercial purposes, and to redistribute it by itself or as part of a free or commercial software package, just as long as you do not sell the font on its own. The license also allows you to modify the font in any way you like, as long as the modified font does not use "BabelStone" in its name. Please read the license for details.


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