1. I can imagine there are many hanzi that are only used in historical context and do not need to be included in non-specialized type outside of Akademia. Are they grouped in ranges, is there a list, and are you guys completely sure how they should look or what they mean? I imagine there are many hanzi that describe various tribes fighting the empire, obscure beliefs and practices, historical items, died-out ideas and all kinds of such stuff - it's a very rich history.
I am asking this because I still see people blindly going headlong and designing modern versions of Cyrillic letters like юсъ and ятъ that have been obsolete for a very long time and are not used anywhere - and when they are used, there are fonts just for that. Something similar is perhaps the case with Oracle bone script?
2. why is the one end of a horizontal stroke slightly raised above perfectly horizontal? are there similar obscure rules about the other main stroke types?
3. can you be a good CJK type designer without being a good calligrapher?
4. how do you keep kerning to not make the font too heavy. How many kern couples are there before it breaks down?
5. BESIDES simplified hanzi and other local differences like radicals, different elelments etc, are there minute differences between Japanese and Chinese renderings of the same character? Between the same hanzi and kanji? Something similar to what I describe in 2. ?
6. in what way do you guys use the PUA? I can imagine the biggest presence there are the hanzi since they have the biggest glyph pool to draw from.
7. is there a .locl feature in a CJK font?
8. do the Vietnamese and Koreans still use hanzi on rare and special occasions? Are they the very same?
9. Is 15 characters per day a reasonable quota for a single member of the team? What are the time-saving techniques besides radicals as components? Are there specialized scripts, software or the same to fasciliate work?
10. Are there many fully cursive fonts (don't know the term. I am trying to describe a style where the brush does not leave the silk before the character is finished, and it's written very fast)?
11. what is the name of the style when the characters looks like the thing it describes, i.e. the hanzi for heron looks like a heron.
12. please list the ten most used and best, in your opinion, hai fonts.
13. Do you feel there will be a boom in CJK fonts. And then maybe over-saturation and bust?
Thank you in advance! Feel free to point me to online resources, preferably in English, Russian or German.