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 that maps unicode values to glyph names.

After 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, so that the text could reflow after reaching the end of the page.

Last edited on 01/09/2021