Are there any fonts that try to compose Unicode Ideographic Description Characters into one character? E.g., ⿰女子 would look like 好. I know the Wikipedia page says "rendering systems are not intended to automatically compose the pieces into a complete ideograph", but this could be helpful for scripts like Sawndip that aren't fully encoded in Unicode. Composing characters overlaid with ⿻ would probably be impossible, but it seems that it shouldn't be hard to at least try to compose characters that are put together just side-by-side with ⿰ ⿱ ⿲ ⿳, especially since something like this is already done for Old Hangul syllable blocks.

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    Check out recursive radical packing language github.com/LingDong-/rrpl – dROOOze Aug 7 '19 at 3:09
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    Oh, if you’re looking for a database of already composed Sawndip characters, or if you’re looking to have a freely available interface to make your own characters, GlyphWiki has both. It’s a bit hard to navigate though.. – dROOOze Aug 7 '19 at 3:23
  • I'm actually more interested in making my own characters than in Sawndip, but both of those look pretty good! – mic Aug 7 '19 at 3:50
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    Not an answers, but your question totally reminds me of this: blog.otoro.net/2015/12/28/… & also this linked in the article above: otoro.net/kanji-rnn – Mo. Aug 7 '19 at 4:02
  • What you want can easily be handled case-by-case with GlyphWiki.org composition and then getting one-glyph fonts, but check up Hanazono Mincho I at github.com/cjkvi/HanaMinAFDKO . Apparently, it assembles a lot of IDS outside unicode. – Alexander Z. Aug 7 '19 at 7:30

Let’s turn this into an answer.

  1. If you wish to create arbitrarily new characters, give GluphWiki.org a try. Make a version in their editor (not flawless, as you’ll have to physically stretch and resize components, but better than lots), save and then extract as one-glyph font. (The symbol will be at GETA MARK [U+3013].) Only watch out for their naming practices and be careful to keep to the national preferences. These glyphs look best with Hanazono fonts, which are basically pre-made from GlyphWiki.org, so try it on. Especially the Hanazono-AFDKO (Google it) versions, as they are well-versed in setting up the variants.

  2. If, however, your wish is to recreate some characters really existing but not in Unicode, first scan BabelStone Han PUA font, it might be there. Works best with BabelStone Han (actually, is part of it), so you might want to install that. Note: only includes PRC forms.

  3. The actual composer of IDS (for lost of well-known non-Unicodes) is the Hanazono Mincho I from the aforementioned AFDKO. Scan its proof (https://github.com/cjkvi/HanaMinAFDKO/releases/download/8.030/HanaMinI.proof.pdf) to learn which are supported. Note that the most well-popularized examples of non-Unicodes are sometimes even in mass-use fonts, such as ⿰氵恩 (only unencoded Korean Name) or ⿳雲⿲雲龍雲⿰龍龍 (taito) are in Source Han sans.

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  • I installed the BabelStone Han font but I copy the characters on my Word file and the font isn't there. Do you know why? Maybe it has another name? I already went through all the font list and didn't find it. =( – Enrico Brasil Aug 22 '19 at 16:26
  • Font absolutely absent? Not even in Control Panel font collection? Probably deleting and installing again would work, or even clearing cache. Also, have you closed all Office apps after installing fonts? – Alexander Z. Aug 22 '19 at 17:13
  • After rebooting the computer everything is OK. You're a lifesaver. Thank you! – Enrico Brasil Aug 26 '19 at 17:32

you can edit two like a picture and insert it in text

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