The way PDFs are linked in the forum is not ideal. Normally, if you click on a pdf, it is shown right in the browser. But here it is downloaded. This is especially annoying on iOS as you need to move it into iBooks just to have a look.
Martin, you've touched upon some of life's central ethical questions: To what extent am I required to stand up for justice? And how can I be sure my position is just?
We don't know all that transpired between H and FJ, only what we read in the court documents. And more to the point, we don't know what was achieved for the plaintiff in the settlement. An out-of-court settlement does not imply guilt in any way, only an expedient way to despatch the matter before it would become so expensive that any "victory" would be a pyrrhic one and all (except the lawyers) would lose. It could well be that, in avoiding H&Co. fonts, one is harming both parties, or that in some cases you would be hurting FJ even more. We don't know and we may never know.
There are people who avoid Eric Gill's fonts so as not to be associated with his personal behaviors they consider depraved, and there are others who consciously choose not to be concerned with them, saying (not unjustly) that the matters were never brought before a court and are not part of any official record, only hearsay or legend. No one—at least no one thoughtful—can denigrate the quality and importance of Gill's work on account of his supposed personal behavior.
This is something akin to the "Wagner Problem," though in some respects Wagner may be worse. There are those who go to great lengths to avoid the composer's work because he was a rabid anti-Semite and general sociopath. (This is a matter of record in his own published writing, not simply speculation.) But there are others, myself included, who choose to separate great art (and I believe Wagner's is very great, indeed) from the personal defects of their creators. That's not to say I look the other way or pretend that his work is untainted by his madness, but rather that I see no equivalency between great art and morality. Great art is sometimes created by very bad or crazy people. To those who insist on the holiness of art and claim a high moral position for it, I can only say, "Get over it." From my own Jewish perspective, I believe that conflating art with holiness is a form of idolatry. But that's not to say I don't care deeply for art.
What's important, I think, is that we make our own decision on such things, weighing the consequences of our decisions. You are the one who has to live with your decisions, so it may well be that you come to conclusions different from those I have. And you may well change your mind over time.
Unique features of Gong are that the stroke thickness and “chalk sprinkle resolution” are the same for all sizes, not scaled. Like in real handwriting, you could combine different sizes in one word because all fonts had the hight of the connections in common, not the baseline. All things that make it hard to digitize properly. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kupfers/15990134165/
I do this for every overlap in a font that doesn’t have a trap. It’s a habit I picked up from Rob Keller and Attila Korap in a workshop at Typecon 2008. I used to remove all the overlaps before moving on to final production files. But Glyphs removes overlaps and corrects path directions reliably, so now I can keep my overlaps and not have to maintain two sets of files.
I motion to close this thread, as any further discussion is off-topic. The case has been settled, and we’ll never hear about this again. Let’s get back to work and make sure we are all blessed, henceforth, with clear contracts and clear expectations.
That principle is sound, I suppose, but I don’t know if the shown string is a useful gauge. I don’t necessarily think one should judge a font’s kerning based on theoretical-only pairs like ďĭ or ŀĭ (or really ŀ - anything except l).
Polar bears and penguins can only be found next to each other in zoos.
A couple of weeks ago I was happy to discover someone had made a System Font Patcher for Yosemite. It is a clever script that uses fontforge to change the names of any fonts to what the system expects Helvetica Neue to be. I am not the creator or the maintaner of the project, but I've happily used it to replace my system font to Source Sans.
However, it has a few bugs, among them a glitch in vertical metrics in some situations. The owner of the project is asking for help in sorting it out, and I thought I'd just pass it along here in case some savvier person can lend a hand for the greater good.