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Kent Lew


Kent Lew
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  • Specifying the corresponding languagesystem for the “turn-off-locl” lookup in the sset would certainly reduce the possibility of buggy interpretation like John and Peter are pondering.
  • Rather than just flag each of your posts as “insightful,” I’ll just come out and say it. ;-) Interesting line of thinking, and I think it has a lot of merit. Particularly in situations where there are fluid and evolving norms.
  • I found myself overkerning things, is it the same problem or is it just a lack of experience? Context, context, context. (And experience.) Try not to kern in a vacuum. That’s my advice.
  • Why, if these types of media are supposedly based on end users consuming the product, is desktop license pricing then not based on the print run or edition of what it is used for. Probably because that ship sailed too long ago. There was never…
  • Wow, Craig, that vintage sure has some legs. ;-)
  • I wonder whether if you showed a group of people four cropped photos of noses only and asked them to pick out the one that belonged to their best friend, you might get similar results. And I wonder whether they’d do any better if they’d been taught…
  • “It’s just a technical fallback (If I remember correctly it originally had a function to eventually store unintended, incorrect diacritics in the future, for technical reasons. I think it just contains those alphabetic characters in the set th…
  • What about percentage, Are you talking about width designation or weight designation? I’ve lost track. Regardless, what would that percentage mean exactly? Literal percentage? Perceived percentage? In terms of width, for example, an ‘n’ that i…
  • Congrats! Glad they wised up.
  • Of course, however, remap won’t help if you want the existing features to take on the opposite behavior. For example, if Stylistic Set 1 originally substitutes single-story a in place of default double-story, and you now want to swap the single in…
  • I guess the question would be if the voiced palatal implosive occurs in languages that also feature the fhook in their orthography (or closely enough related languages), such that a text that might be referencing words and pronunciations where the t…
  • To me, the most sensible approach to the bar would be to treat <ɟ>, <ʄ>, and <ɨ> identically. If the bars of <ɟ> and<ʄ> are raised to mid-xht, more consistent with <ɨ>, wouldn’t that create a potential ambiguity …
  • You ask questions that are the subject of evolving opinion and some debate. You can search this forum for other discussions on the matter. Here’s one for you: http://typedrawers.com/discussion/2282/does-anybody-use-combining-accents
  • A {ccmp} for substituting precomposed glyphs for all relevant sequences of base+cmbaccent is certainly possible, but not common in most commercial fonts (that I’m aware of). Such a thing is not considered a “must-have.” The preferred solution woul…
  • If the underlying text encoding for these characters is composed of separate unicodes for the base character and a combining accent instead of a single codepoint for a precomposed character, then this can happen, especially if you do not have a {mar…
  • In the case you mention, with {frac} and {smcp}, the font designer/engineer should have caught that and fixed it. I would consider that a bug, like Mark said. Something like this would be confusing to the end user, so how are you supposed to deal wi…
  • Broad-edge pen seems like a pretty narrow definition of “calligraphic.” A sans-serif ‘A’ seems to me like it wouldn’t be too difficult to write with a chisel-tipped instrument or a flat brush.
  • either weights are optically adjusted across widths to have a consistent weight, This is what I will typically do.
  • Demibold suggests to me a weight mathematically, in some sense, halfway between Regular and Bold. And the Hemidemisemibold style would be 1/8th as bold as plain ol’ Bold. ;-)
  • Samuil — It was this comment in the “Looking for examples of Latin and Non-Latin side-by-side communication” thread that brought up Vyaz recently and then pointed to this epic Typophile thread on the style.
  • Greek caps could benefit from loosening their compliance with Latin prototypes Or vice versa, since Greek alphabet predates the Latin. ;-)
  • Glad to know that Pablo himself is okay!
  • Thomas draws out a good point: “Font Info” will have slightly different meanings depending upon whether you’re talking about a specific font output format or any of the source formats (proprietary or not).
  • “Font Info” is a conventional shorthand for referring to the information in a variety of font metadata tables. You could say that “Font Info” refers primarily to the Required Tables in the OT Font File Specification. There may also be a few tables …
  • Oh, okay. Thanks, Mark. If that’s true, then I’m sorry to be so quick to take offense. Like I said: Not on Twitter.
  • Wei Huang said: Answer in the thread: https://twitter.com/w__h_/status/960488686629605377 ??! Sorry, I’m not on Twitter. If you ask a question here, you should expect answers here. If that doesn’t work for you, please just let me know …
  • I’ve never found that panel in MetricsMachine to be very useful. In order to be versatile, it ends up being confusing instead. Seems like what you want to do would be more easily accomplished with a simple Python script from within your UFO editor:…
  • During the past year or two, Jason has been a fairly regular fixture on the schedules of various type conferences (ATypI, TypeCon, et al.) speaking about this topic. You may be able to find online videos of some of these talks from these organizatio…