While working on a typeface, how do you handle all those candidates for the same glyph?

Eventually you'll choose one, but in the meantime you've got five or ten or even twenty /a/'s. Where do you put them? How do you make them easily switchable for previewing and testing purposes?


  • Craig EliasonCraig Eliason Posts: 701
    I copy them into different layers of the glyph in Glyphs. 
  • Vasil StanevVasil Stanev Posts: 124
    +1 for the .alt method
  • Christian ThalmannChristian Thalmann Posts: 1,056
    Glyphs layers are meant for that. 
  • Paul MillerPaul Miller Posts: 113
    I use the .alt method.

    The other advantage is you can easily put them in as stylistic alternatives with very little work if you can't decide which one is better.
  • Ori Ben-DorOri Ben-Dor Posts: 174
    edited June 3
    Thanks :smile:
  • Nick ShinnNick Shinn Posts: 1,273
    edited June 3
    I use the accented character spots at first, when working in FontLab. That way I can easily type them into the metrics window.

    But if I am going to make a font and test it in a layout application, then I use Paul’s method.
  • Craig EliasonCraig Eliason Posts: 701
    I force myself to make a decision.
    Yes but isn't reviewing candidates often the basis for making the decision?
  • In Glyphs I use the .ssXX naming similar to the above, the OT feature lets you quickly autocompile the alternates code and you can then use the preview window to type out and test swap by using the OT feature.
  • Hrant H. PapazianHrant H. Papazian Posts: 1,084
    I line them up laterally in the background layer, promptly make a –provisional– selection which I put in the main layer, but leave them all in the background forever.
  • Dave RowlandDave Rowland Posts: 13
    I add .1 .2 .3 etc. like Mark. It saves time on putting them in the metrics window by not having to type .alt each time.
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