“External fonts” are loaded into the onboard flash memory along with bitmaps and macros. For each unique combination of font, size, and attributes (e.g. bold) you need a System Independent Font (.SIF) file. The basic steps to creating and using External fonts are:
- Request the .SIF file from Reach Technical Support. Specify Windows font name, size (height in pixels or points), attributes (bold, italic, both), and code set (“ASCII + ISO 8859” [256 characters], Unicode, or Unicode subset). Reach will send you a file with the .SIF extension.
- Create a Font List (.RFL) file. Create a text file with a “.RFL” file extension. The contents should contain a line for each font in the format: “<font_alias> <filename>.SIF<CR>”
- Download Font List file. Use the Windows BMPload application under Windows.
- Use the External font. Use the SET FONT command (“f <font_alias>”) before any text related command.
- If the character(s) is UNICODE encoded, use the SET UTF8 ENCODING command before displaying text.