A single font that behaves like multiple fonts
As I post this, colleagues from Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Adobe are at ATypI 2016
in Warsaw making the first public announcement of the OpenType Font Format specification version 1.8
, and its key new technology: OpenType Font Variations.*
The Font Variations working group is pleased to be partnering with TypeDrawers to provide a centralised location for online discussion of the new technology. Members of the working group will be monitoring this thread and any others including the tag [OTVar] in the subject line, ready to answer questions. General questions or feedback on the technology can be provided in this thread. For discussion about specific aspect of the technology, or for individual queries, we recommend starting a new thread with an appropriate subject line, e.g.
‘[OTVar] CFF 2’.
* A note on terminology: the official name of the technology is ‘OpenType Font Variations’, while fonts including the variations technology are referred to as ‘variable fonts’ (a term introduced by Nick Sherman: 'Variable Fonts for Responsive Design
LinksIntroducing OpenType Variable Fonts
A medium.com article that I was tasked to write by the working group, explaining major aspects of the technology and highlighting some key implications of the format architecture for font makers and font tool developers.OpenType Font Variations Overview
The new chapter of the OpenType specification explaining how OT font variations work.OpenType 1.7 → 1.8 changes
A useful diff version of the two most recent version of the specification, highlighting changes.
Announcements by three of the working group industry partners:Adobe
• MicrosoftNote that links to the OpenType specification currently point to a specific
/otspec180/ folder. It is recommended to link to the published version of the specification when it is updated to the new version.