Atlantic Air Combat Font

See also : 02.101.Font.AAC.Special.htm

Items on this page

- Comments for an ordinary font

- Ordinary caracters

- Symbols

- Symbols-Fraction (old attemps with different fonts - pour mmoire)


Fonts - General

I use two kind of fonts :

  1. An ordinary font, to write.  My prerered font is thus Tahoma, and my standard size is 10 pt.  But I often use/need a smaller font : 8 pt, and even 10 px.  When this size reduction isn't enough, then I have to switch to Abadi MT Condensed Light as Arial Narrow, isn't "efficient" enough.   Condensing the font (whichever) is another alternative.

  2. Then I also need a "special font" where all caracters, letters or numbers, use the same space (allowing vertical alignment).  Courrier New is the usual answer, but it's relatively ugly.   Here are a few samples of what I mean
    Ordinary Tahoma Courrier New Courrier
    P1V2A15 P1V2A15 P1V2A15
    TBM3W30 TBM3W30 TBM3W30
    F4U5N45 F4U5N45 F4U5N45
    • not aligned...
    • aligned...
    • not pretty...
    • not always aligned (bad ex here)
    • a bit more pretty


Ordinary Caracters

So, Tahoma is nice looking, and what matters is that it allows bold down to 7 pixels of height (8 pt I guess).  Then in some instances I had to manufacture  a GIF equivalent that in my opinion looks nicer - only these are mentioned here.  Speaking about font size, I use
Tahoma 10 pt (9 pix high) Tahoma 8 pt (8 pix high) Tahoma 10 px (7 pix high) in FrontPage
Tahoma 9 (9 pix high) Tahoma 8 (8 pix high) Tahoma 7 (7 pix high) in Image Composer - sizes are ... pas au point...

1) Numbers, 2) CAPITAL LETTERS, 3) ordinary letters, 4) special

    Text "GIF-7" "GIF-8" Text "GIF-9" Text GIF Text GIF  Notes
    Tahoma-8   Tahoma-10 Tahoma-12 Tahoma-14  also short variant in GIF-7:
  2 2   2   2   2    body of the number (not 45)
  4 4   4   4   4    open digit rather than closed
  6 6   6     6   6    head pointing downard
  7 7   7   7   7    body of the number
  9 9   9   9   9    leg pointing upward
  Upper Case                  
  A A or A   A   A    squared/rounded top rather than pointed
  B B B   B   B    shorter upper lobe is preferred
  C C   C C   C    in font 8 px font, I use the "C" from Arial
  D D   D D   D    in font "8" (7 px) my D is 1 px narrower
  E/F E/F     E   E/F   E/F    shorter middle bar
  G G   G G   G    in font "8" (7 px) my G is more squarish
  J J   J J   J   -
  K K     K   K   K    a little fantasy for the K 9 pix high
  M M   M     M   M    in font "8" (7 px) I also use a 2 px narrower M
 in font of 9 px, I also use other Ms
  N N   N   N   N    in font "8" (7 px) I also use a 1 px narrower N
  P P   P   P   P    my P has a smaller bubble (same as R)
  R R R   R   R    leg pointing dlowward rather than 45
  S S     S     S   S    flat middle bar, either 6 or 7 pix wide (selon humeur...)
  U U   U U   U    in font "8" (7 px) my U is 1 px narrower
  V V     V     V   V    in 9 px high, my capital Vs have a longer leg
  W W   W      
W   W    in font "8" (7 px) I also use a 2 px narrower W
 in 9 pix high font, 4 different attemps for narrowing it
  X X   X   X   X    should be a real cross
  Y Y   Y   Y   Y    in font "8" (7 px) my Y points upward not 45
  Lower Case                  
  c c   c   c   c    in font "8" (7 px) my c is 1 px wider
  s s   s   s   s    in font "8" (7 px) my s is 1 px wider (from Arial 7 MIC)
  mm mm   mm   mm   mm    in font "8" (7 px) a short "mm" variant (aligned with cal)
  cal cal   cal   cal   cal    "cal" and "mm" should have same width - symbol ?...
  ft/m ft/m   ft/m   ft/m   ft/m    "ft" and "m" should occupy the same total width
  kg kg   kg   kg   kg    in font "8" (7 px) a short "kg" has same width as "lb"
  gm gm //   gm   gm   gm    in font "8" (7 px) a gramme symbole with the same
 width as "kg" and "lb" is still missing in my collection
  ( ) ( )     ( )   ( )   ( )    - in font "8" (7 px) my parethesis are is 1 px higher
 - brackets [ ] have the same issue - not in collection




FP2K gives access to a variety of symbols which are not only useful but often used.  The notion of "heigh" is relative and based on an assumption.  It would not be wrong to read it as a wish.  Sort of...

In some instances, I already have manufactured  a GIF equivalent, but not always.

The indicates the relative "importance" of the symbol

    Tahoma-8 Tahoma-10 Tahoma-12 Tahoma-14 HTML
  Height Text "GIF-7" Text "GIF-9" Text GIF Text GIF   -
1/2       ?... -
1/4         ?... -
  3/4         ?.. -
  1/3         ⅓ apparently not for Tahoma...
  2/3         ⅔ apparently not for Tahoma...
  1/8         ⅛ -
  3/8         ⅜ -
  5/8         ⅝ -
  7/8         ⅞  
          sort of long hyphen
ASCII code not identified
HTML code not identified
        alt 158  
  | |   |   |   |      
,,, ,,,   ,,,   ,,,   ,,,     wish I could have all digits...
I mean and not
seldom used (b,c, ... ?)
            useful for Atlantic Expedite (lol...)



Fraction Symbols

Numbers in AAC are expressed in decimals.  In some rare instances however fractional symbols are used.  The below table shows them in the most common fonts used on these pages together with their html code.

> in several instances, fractions show correctly with IE6 but not with ... FP2K editor
> the first three fractions ( ) are standard default symbols with FP2K - their html code are ... unknown and thus not used in the table - OK with IE6

Fraction   html FP2K Tahoma Arial Courier New Courier
  code 8pt 10pt 10px 8pt 10pt 12pt 8pt 10pt 12pt 8pt 9pt 10pt 11pt 12pt 8pt 9pt 10pt 11pt 12pt
1/4   ?...
1/2   ?...
3/4   ?...
1/3   ⅓
2/3   ⅔
1/8   ⅛
3/8   ⅜
5/8   ⅝
7/8   ⅞