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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

This project helps a Java programmer find a suitable Font or set of Font possibilities that either: It is an Applet that lets you select from a drop down list any of the Fonts supported on the machine. It then displays sample text in the desired font. By default, the sample text is:

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back.
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The last line let’s you see how easy it is to distinguish similar characters.

The other problem this Applet is designed to help with is finding a Font that can support a given special Unicode character. You enter the Unicode \uxxxx value on a numeric spinner. Then the Applet displays a grid showing a rendering of that character in all fonts that at least claim they canDisplay that character. Most of these will just be blobs, but some, hopefully will be decent renderings of the desired character. Then the user can click or wave the mouse over that rendering to be told the name of the corresponding Font. If you have a very large number of fonts supported, it may be necessary to scroll or popup a larger JFrame.

To make the task a tad more challenging, put a tiny font sample right in the pull down menu. Don’t put the entire font name in its own font, or it could become unreadable.

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