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I'm trying to work out how to add symbols from a special font to my LaTeX-document: I have a true-type-font, in which some by unicode unused chars are displayed as symbols I'd like to use (the font can be gotten here). I would be happy to know, how I can add these symbols.

Basically what the font does is displaying this nonsense:



..as the gymnastics transcription for a tumbling pass:

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(Roundoff-Backhandspring-Salto backward 3/2twist-Roundoff-Double Salto backwards 1/1twist)

I know, for my question this is kind of irrelevant, but I thought you might be intrestet in what I need your help for :)

So I'm looking for a way to do \roundoff or something like that and get the corresponding symbol in the specific font. I hope this is possible and you can help me.

Thanks a lot!

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    If this is a TTF font, there is help here. – Sandy G Nov 5 '17 at 16:53
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If your difficulty is not installation of the font but rather convenient use of its glyphs, and if you’re using xetex or luatex, you can create macros like this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\newfontface\gym{gymsymbol.ttf}
\newcommand{\Roundoff}{\gym\symbol{"E002}}
\newcommand{\Backhandspring}{\gym\symbol{"E003}}
\begin{document}
\Roundoff\Backhandspring
\end{document}

enter image description here

See How can I access a specific glyph in LuaLaTeX/Fontspec? and the linked questions for more details.

  • Thanks, it works in XeTeX. I guess there is no easy way to do it simularly without using it? – Anton Ballmaier Nov 5 '17 at 18:02
  • Without using xetex, you mean? In pdftex? As far as I know, there are difficult ways to do it in pdftex, but no easy ways. Sorry about that. – Thérèse Nov 5 '17 at 18:04
  • If you read French, there’s a document on installing ornament fonts for pdftex at jacques-andre.fr/fontex/casseaux.pdf You may also want to read tex.stackexchange.com/a/266025 by @cfr (she has packaged many fonts for pdftex). – Thérèse Nov 5 '17 at 18:28

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