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Kent Lew

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  • Yeah, I was thinking about that . . . (but г is very different phoneme from ι, of course. ;-)
  • Nikola Kostic said: but for Serbian italic forms, with the particular style that you've chosen (in your original post) I think that the curved terminal for the italic г would feel more natural. Nikola — Thanks for your input. I had won…
  • I am glad to have sparked conversation between native Cyrillic users. This becomes more and more valuable. :-) Stefan Peev said: how does the Macedonian ghe glyph ought to look like in a Sans Italic with no stroke contrast. You could see …
  • Stefan — Thank you for joining the conversation and providing your local perspective. Unfortunately, most of these wonderful examples of local variations do not address the Macedonian ѓ — even Lasko Dzurovski’s table does not show a preferred form…
  • Paul — Ўай нот сўич то ҙе беттер элфебет проперли наў ҙет ўи ар эт ит? “Why not switch to the better alphabet properly now that we are at it?”
  • Thanks for these links, Michel. It is also interesting to me that none of these Macedonian examples uses a “Serbian” б.
  • John & Maxim — Thank you both for your perspectives.
  • @Maxim Zhukov — do you have any experience/opinion about the Macedonian ѓ? For example, as shown here in Corbel Italic and Minion Italic, do you think the seemingly logical mismatch between Serbian г and standard ѓ is perfectly acceptable to Macedo…
  • Thanks to all for your contributions. Do we have anyone in the community from the Balkan region with firsthand experience of local preferences?
  • John, can you provide a link to the image?
  • Interesting point, Christian. And now I see that there is an image used widely across Wikipedia (including mk.wikipedia) that shows it this way : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonian_alphabet#/media/File:Macedonian_cursive_script.svg But, I als…
  • If anybody read my comments as saying that kerning is not a good idea and shouldn’t be done, then my point was misinterpreted. (And they must not know me very well.) I was echoing what I understood to be the original point of Nick’s mashed vs. crea…
  • do feature some kerning... in the traditional sense of bits that hang over the rectangle. Exactly — These are equivalent to negative sidebearings. But not pair kerning, in the sense of specifically targeted adjustments.
  • I have often contemplated this matter. In my opinion, one of the pinnacles of text production was the era of American book publishing in the 1940s and ’50s — publishers like Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, et al., and great composing houses like Pl…
  • Regarding your Schwa/schwa, here are some Azerbaijani test words for you to evaluate them in context: GƏLƏCƏK Əsasən Ədəbi maneə edərək And some Tatar for Cyrillic context: БИЗӘЛГӘН ТӘЭСИР You may find that the top of your capital Ə does not exten…
  • In Adobe FDK syntax, it is as simple as this: feature ordn { @th_nums = [zero four five six seven eight nine]; sub @th_nums t' h' by t_h.ordn; } ordn;
  • If hinting is the only issue that prompts the workarounds, then you might consider installing ttfautohint and just batch-hinting the first-generation TTF font files directly. (In which case, I should think that you can skip the step 3 decomposition.)
  • Yes, ideally any splitting and filtering is handled as a pre-processing routine during compilation, leaving lumped classes intact in the master source for future design management and development.
  • In general, Ray is right. Adding Greek and Cyrillic glyphs to Latin classes adds very little (but not quite nothing) to the {kern} GPOS table. The bloat only occurs if there is a class-glyph or glyph-class exception pair and the class has to be enu…
  • Is it useful to group letters across writing systems? From a design perspective, it can be useful, in order to simplify the synchronization of values. But from a production perspective, it can be valuable to have these split, for various reasons —…
  • Florian beat me to it with the C&C Big Caslon that Matthew was involved in extending. Sometimes I will make the cross stroke in Ħ slightly lighter than the others because of the more congested visual space that it typically occupies. This is es…
  • Hmm. This is the page I use: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/opentype/afdko/topic_feature_file_syntax.html
  • However rarely used a particular letter may be, if it is included in one's fonts, it should look right. I don’t disagree. Sorry I sounded so dismissive yesterday. I guess I woke up cranky. I think the treatment in John’s sample certainly looks nic…
    in Macron on Top Comment by Kent Lew May 9
  • Does it really matter? Isn’t ॡ a largely theoretical phoneme anyway? Are there really any Vedic or Classical words using this vowel? And then, are they ever written in all-caps? Is it even in Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī? Okay, maybe if you’re setting an al…
    in Macron on Top Comment by Kent Lew May 8
  • I should think additional GPOS would be additive with kerning. That’s been my experience. (And how the spec reads.) I've run into bugs with dy adjustments, but I don’t think I’ve seen any dx or advance width bugs. Haven’t done this often nor tested…
  • If you are not utilizing the original outlines or data, then the considerations are primarily ethical/moral. John Downer’s classic essay “Call It What It Is” provides some valuable perspective on these considerations, I think. There may be legal co…
  • I did this once, on a lark. I was asked to donate gratis copies of Whitman for use by students only for projects within the context of a particular design course. I added specific extra points along the vertical edge of one serif of one of the capit…
  • and you need to define the longest substitutions first. Actually, this is not strictly true for features in Adobe syntax which are being compiled by AFDKO. From http://www.adobe.com/devnet/opentype/afdko/topic_feature_file_s…
  • Simon — Unfortunately, I don’t think jpg’d photos are enough for any of us to be able to definitively diagnose such problems. Plus, you’ve got a lot of variables; I think PDF may be adding another layer of potential complexity. Ain’t font technolo…