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I'm using a thing called fpdf, it is a pdf generator works great, based on php.

It comes with of course a bunch of the "standard" fonts.

I want to use a script style font like Freestyle Script in Word or something similar. Fpdf has a poorly documented feature too make font files (that are php files) from things called .map files, for example cp1250.map.

How can I get a "map" file for Freestyle Script or something similar? Preferably free or small charge.

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Hello,

Did you already try their online conversion tool?  It is located at this page below.  There is no special map file for fonts, that is just the encoding.

http://www.fpdf.org/makefont/

Browse and find the Freestyle script regular font.  Use the ISO-8859-1 encoding which is Western Europe.  It should generated two files, a php file and z file.  The z file is the compressed file.
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I agree with @bigeven2002 regarding "... no special map file for fonts, that is just the encoding ..." (I know nothing about fpdf, so can't comment on that).

Most TrueType / OpenType fonts contain definitions of hundreds (if not thousands) of characters.

For fully 'international' alphabets, applications use a multi-byte encoding; these days, this will usually be Unicode, or the UTF-8 transformation format of this encoding.

Applications which still use single-byte character encodings are limited to a maximum of 256 different characters; it will usually be less than this (typically 192 or 224 'graphic' characters and 64 or 32 non-graphic 'control-code' characters).

The different 'maps', or encodings, are just definitions of which 256-character subset, from the much (much) larger repertoires offered by Unicode, is to be used.

As regards which map / character set to use:

If you want to use single-byte encoding in the Western world, use the ISO-8859-1 Latin-1 set, or perhaps the Windows Latin-1 superset of this (which uses character codes in the 'reserved C1 control codes' range (0x80 -> 0x9f) for additional graphic glyphs, such as the Euro sign).
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bigeven2002,

OK, that created the files perfectly. Do I have to use AddFont in fpdf to make it available for SetFont?

Thanks,

Richard
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OK thanks for the update.  From what I read, yes you will need to run AddFont to make it available:

$pdf->AddFont('FREESCPT','','FREESCPT.php');

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$pdf->SetFont('FREESCPT');

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