LCDGRID is a TrueType format font for
Windows that emulates an LCD dot matrix
(grid) display. Includes numbers, upper
and lower case letters, and all common
punctuation. Copyrighted, but freely
distributable. Requires TrueType font
support (Windows 3.1 or greater).
LCDGRID Font for TrueType
A font that simulates an
LCD dot matrix (grid) display
Designed by Alan D. Bryant, Bryant Software
Copyright (C) 1995 Bryant Software, All Rights Reserved
TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT NOTICE
LCDGRID is a trademark of Bryant Software for its font of the same
name. The LCDGRID.TTF font definition file is Copyright (C) 1995
Bryant Software, All Rights Reserved.
The LCDGRID TrueType font has been released for use free-of-charge
by any interested party. The font may also be copied and
distributed free of any charges or encumbrances, provided this
file (README) is supplied unedited along with the original, unedited
LCDGRID.TTF file, and provided that no money is charged for same
(beyond a reasonable fee for disk duplication where applicable).
This font is also licensed for inclusion on any CD-ROM based (or
similar) software collections without special permissions from its
creator. All other uses are reserved; contact the designer
(information below) if necessary.
ABOUT THIS FONT
The LCDGRID font came about when I needed to create instructional
materials for a telephone system. That system, a Northern Telecom
Norstar, uses Northern's Meridian telephone sets -- sets that
feature an LCD dot matrix display. To duplicate the displays, I
needed a font that looked the same. After failing to find one, I
created one myself.
The grid itself is 5x8, but the 8th line is reserved for use as a
cursor or underscore, leaving a 5x7 grid for character definitions.
I replicated the display's characteristics exactly; this means that
lower case characters with descenders look rather weird. But hey,
it's what the display looks like.
Since creating this font, I've since seen the exact same character
displays on a Toshiba fax machine and on an alarm panel -- with the
exact same two-line, 16 characters-per-line display. My guess is
the character definitions are inherent to a particular LCD display
component that all these devices happen to share. I'm sure you'll
see it places too.
The font itself was created using Corel DRAW! 5.0 and its TrueType
export capabilities. Not the ideal way to create fonts, I can
assure you, but it does work. Since Corel DRAW! doesn't let you set
a character width for the space character, the space ended up being
out of proportion to the characters. I don't have other font
editing or creation tools at my disposal to fix this; if you do, fix
it for your own use (but the license prohibits you from distributing
your "fixed" edition of the font).
Since this font was created on a PC, I've no idea whether it will
work on other platforms (i.e., a Macintosh). If somebody uses it
on a Mac successfully, I'd love to hear about it. Until then, I'm
going to assume this is for Windows 3.1 or higher only.
I chose not to take the time to create the extended international
characters and symbols. As supplied, it includes numbers, upper and
lower case letters, and all common printable punctuation. I may at
some point release a new version with support for the other
characters. In the mean time, what do you expect for free?
HOW TO REACH THE DESIGNER
If for some reason you need to reach me, here are the particulars:
Alan D. Bryant E-Mail: [email protected]
Bryant Software Fax: (303) 777-2876
P. O. Box 102216 BBS: (303) 733-0773
Denver, CO 80250 WWW: http://www.bryant.com/
USA FTP: ftp.bryant.com
"Corel DRAW!," "TrueType" and other trademarks used are the property
of their respective owners, and no representations are made to the
contrary by their appearance herein.