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Kent Lew

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  • If you don’t want to call out the font in question, can you at least give some idea of the era from which it comes originally? I suspect this is a typeface that originated in early digital era, or possibly before, and then evolved through vari…
  • Why am I getting "Domain Not Found" for all the links to blog.extensis.com?
  • My interpretation of the fact that you have been the lone [sporadic] voice on this issue over the years, Joe, is that most of the regular forum-goers here must not in fact mind bare URLs of this nature. Especially when the construction of the …
  • I don’t recommend executing the thinspace substitution before the fractions. Even though you’ve restricted it to a sequence that includes the slash or fraction. The whole purpose of this particular fraction code is to be able to apply the {frac}…
  • @Craig Eliason — Sorry to hear it. Been awhile. Maybe next year . . .
  • your analysis reminds me of wrestling with how to adjust the x-height on a bolder weight Exactly. Similar phenomenon — apparent size vs apparent alignment. Still think Jan's flat letters look too small though! Fair enough. As a perceptual issue, …
  • @Craig Eliason — Hmm. You’ve made me stop and think. You’re right to challenge me, as it does seem now that perhaps I’m holding two different things in my mind at once under the single rubric “overshoot.” Let me see if I can articulate. It see…
  • P.S. So the example you posted, then, translates to “when a space glyph is preceded by any member of the @figures class and followed by any member of the @numerators class, it should be replaced by a thinspace glyph.”
  • The single quote signifies the target in a contextual substitution (GSUB Lookup Type 5/6 or GPOS Lookup Type 7/8). cf.: https://www.adobe.com/devnet/opentype/afdko/topic_feature_file_syntax.html#2.d
  • FWIW, I’m not convinced that the overshoot is too great. I will say that the prominence of z in the Polish language will give a very different impression of the overshoot than English settings. The constant establishment of that flat x-height platea…
  • While working on my design I wasn't thinking in terms of innovation, self-expression or "cultural contribution". What I am is a moderately competent type user and all I wanted to achieve was a modest text typeface for my personal use which would h…
  • Not a problem for Firefox 60.0.2 on Mac, fwiw. Nor Safari 11.1.2.
  • I wonder about other ligatures which some providers include: f_b, f_k for example. Are they used in any language? The classic English examples are surfboard and Kafka. Note that English does not have any official prohibition against ligatures a…
  • Max — I believe this is a combination that you will find in Maltese. For example, in the second bio on this page, the last sentence of the first paragraph starts with the word Irreffja. And the headline on this page features the word jirreffja…
  • Regarding the main topic of the post, there is this older thread on obsolete characters. (Like many threads, it wanders on and off topic.) There is also this classic thread about character sets and what to consider including or not. As André…
  • Maxim Zhukov has made persuasive arguments for including ѣ in an otherwise general-purpose Cyrillic font. Even if modern Russian orthography does not use it, there are ex-patriate communities outside of the former Soviet Union where certain generati…
  • It will vary quite a bit depending upon your jurisdiction and governing law. If you’re selling retail directly to consumers, you may be responsible for collecting local sales tax (this is an extremely fluid situation in the States with the rec…
  • Eating into the base on đ and ħ seems entirely appropriate to me, btw.
  • Kerning periodcentered between two l’s in default kerning could backfire in a non-Catalan context where the periodcentered is being used to mark syllabification or some similar purpose. In most font editors, managing this as a language-specific…
  • but in practise, in the following examples, it is inconsistent. Mostly designers make 00b7 middle dot, 22c5 dot operator the same. Yes, that’s the reality. Partly, I believe, due to the fact that users aren’t consistent with their use of 0x22C5 a…
  • That latest warning looks like someone or something attempted to create subtables for the kerning in order to prevent overflow and, in the process, split the class kerning in such a way as to orphan some pairs in the subsequent subtable. It seem…
  • I think what Thomas meant by the “auto-generated kern feature” comment was that most commercial tools compile the {kern} feature out of the source file’s kerning data at the time of generation, and if you’re manually writing a {kern} feature into yo…
  • That’s not uncommon. (Delta corners vs squared-off Z/Zeta)
  • Yes. I purposely shifted the position of the breve component dramatically in the precomposed abreve glyph in order to be able to distinguish just that.
  • it looks like they're post-processing recomposition of Unicode precomposed diacritics after running ccmp. The strangest thing, to me, is that it is using the codepoint of the substituted accent to recompose the precomposed glyph. If I put in …
  • Okay, that’s interesting. I created a new test, taking a WIP font and putting in just the following test feature: feature ccmp { #testing one-to-many sub edieresis by e dieresiscmb; sub ecircumflex by e tildecmb; } ccmp; I decomposed the e…
  • Hmm. I thought I tested it — with Brill, in fact. I’ll have to double-check what I thought I observed.
  • Precomposed letter-accent combinations encoded in Unicode, such as ë (“sub edieresis by e dieresiscomb”), are not decomposed in the Adobe Paragraph Composer. But they are by the Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer, FWIW.