Chess symbol glyphs in code charts

Garth Wallace gwalla at
Fri Aug 14 15:26:45 CDT 2015

Would it be acceptable if I extracted the font from the code chart PDF
and used it as the basis for one in a proposal I'm working on? The
proposal covers rotated and half-black half-white chess symbols, which
should match the shapes of the existing ones, and compound symbols,
which should harmonize.

On Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 11:50 AM, Ken Whistler <kenwhistler at> wrote:
> Garth,
> The glyphs for the chess symbols in the 26XX block date from
> Unicode 3.0. Most of the symbols redesigned for the Unicode 3.0
> charts were done by John M. Fiscella. (See the font acknowledgements
> on p. iv of Unicode 3.0.) I do not know which predecessor designs
> Fiscella might ultimately have based his designs on.
> The *actual* font used in the chart production is some in house
> chart font, possibly tweaked over the years for various specific
> glyphs, although it doesn't appear to me on first inspection that
> any of the chess symbol glyphs per se have had any workover since the
> Unicode 3.0 publication. The chart fonts are in house, used with
> special licenses specific to Unicode chart production, and with all
> sorts of chart-specific quirks. So even if I did attempt to track down
> specifically which font was involved for the current Unicode 26XX
> block for the 2654..265F range of glyphs, knowing that wouldn't
> actually help much for your question, I think.
> --Ken
> On 8/14/2015 11:31 AM, Garth Wallace wrote:
>> Can anyone tell me what font is used for the chess symbols in the code
>> chart for the Miscellaneous Symbols block? It looks a lot like Chess
>> Merida but I can't be certain.

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