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Double-Struck Header Title

double struck b

I was amazed to see that the default font in Chrome doesn't have glyphs for the double struck characters in Unicode used for special sets of numbers in math. The header title on this blog was using them, so it was important to me that it was right. My solution is odd, but works very well.

Instead of searching for some widely available font that did have these glyphs rendered, i created my own font. I knew that the DejaVu Sans font on my laptop had them.

I could have just shared this font as a web font and be done with it. But there was still one issue bothering me. I highly doubt that machines recognize the double struck B as a B. So i created a new font with just the letters and digits and used the double struck glyphs from DejeVu Sans. Now you can copy my header title into some a document and get Brian DeRocher.