This example shows how to set a line of text using glyphs from a UFO font.

In order to set text on the page, we need to convert a string of characters into a list of glyph names. This is done using the font’s character map, a dictionary mapping unicode values to glyph names.

As each glyph is drawn, the origin position is shifted horizontally for the next glyph.

# define the text we want to set
txt = "hãmbürgêfóns"

# get the current font
f = CurrentFont()

# get the font’s character map
charMap = f.getCharacterMapping()

# define the document size

# move to origin
translate(50, 250)

# set scale

# iterate over the characters in text
for char in txt:

    # get unicode value for character
    uni = ord(char)

    # get glyph names for unicode value
    glyphNames = charMap.get(uni)

    # skip glyphs which are not in the font
    if not glyphNames:

    # draw glyph
    glyph = f[glyphNames[0]]

    # move position to next glyph
    translate(glyph.width, 0)

This example could be extended to support line breaks, to allow the text to reflow inside the page.

Last edited on 02/06/2020