You need to render them in a font that is able to render those characters. To do that, you need to find a font and then follow the directions on the FOP page re "embedding fonts". A good general purpose font for unicode characters is the cyberbit font from bitstream. You can get it from

You have to pay for it for commercial use.

Here's my userconfig entry for the cyberbit font

<font metrics-file="cyberbit.xml" kerning="no" embed-file="cyberbit.ttf">
   <font-triplet name="cyberbit" style="normal" weight="normal"/>

You need to generate the cyberbit.xml file using

java -cp build\fop.jar;lib\xerces-1.2.3.jar;lib\xalan-2.0.0.jar;lib\batik.jar org.apache.fop.fonts.apps.TTFReader cyberbit.ttf cyberbit.xml


Paul Campbell wrote:

Lo again.

For some assigments I need to produce numbered portions of design language.
The problem is the special characters like <--(assignment), not equals to, and
greater than or equal to symbols.

The unicode numbers are known to me, but when rendered in Fop they show as #
symbols and do not appear to render.

Any suggestions?

Unicodes are: U+2190, U+2264, U+2265, U+2260


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