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I may turn your world upside down here, Pablo... No offence, but this is not a good example :) People still use these old machines, and it’s for those we hint :)
...examinations must be done with real live fonts
Let’s say you make one word in bold or italic inside of a paragraph. You surely want that bold or italic to behave just like the regular and change x-height, stem widths etc at the same time so the whole paragraph is balanced. Is this possible to control when using TTFautohint?
Just taking a finished print design and running it through TTFA is not an ideal use of the technology. And yet you see this a lot - the Domine example discussed above is just one of many examples of making this kind of mistake.
The size of the type in the UPM matters a great deal. TTFA will give you better and worse results with a change as small as 1% in some cases
...and Turnip for screen in the RE version...
Have anyone of you guys who thinks the TTFautohint tool is great, actually hinted a font?