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How can I get and use different font sizes or different character sets (UNICODE) than those described in the manual?

“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:

  1. Request the .SIF file from Reach Technical SupportSpecify 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.
  2. 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>”
  3. Download Font List file. Use the Windows BMPload application under Windows.
  4. Use the External font.  Use the SET FONT command (“f <font_alias>”) before any text related command.
  5. If the character(s) is UNICODE encoded, use the SET UTF8 ENCODING command before displaying text.

See Fonts for Embedded Touch Screen Development for a comprehensive explanation of working with fonts.