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Kent Lew

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  • I disagree with Thomas about the “too steepness” of the newer accents. I think they look very French, very Garamond, FWIW. I like them. I don’t think there’d be confusion between acute & grave. (But, then again, my native tongue does not regular…
  • Can’t you just use a .pth file as a redirect? It’s been a while since I did this, so someone else will correct me if I’m wrong. Create a text file and name it “fontTools.pth”. The contents will be simply the path to your installation, just as you h…
  • The fallback behavior that John describes is actually a generic fallback in the World-Ready Composer, not applicable just to Hebrew. If any base character is followed by a combining mark, then one of three things may happen: 1) If the combination …
  • Or the editors I worked with were misinformed. To be fair to them (and you), the Chicago Manual of Style is certainly not gospel. Many editors choose to follow different style guides. There are plenty of others out there.
  • suspect there may also be differences between regional preferences, e.g. between Portugal and Brazil. I have wondered as much myself. Igor might have insight. If the different preferences are strong enough, distinct, and consistent, then presumabl…
  • Contrary to what Mark learned, the scheme advocated by The Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition, 2003, anyway; not sure if they changed in the 17th) is that “all punctuation marks should appear in the same font — roman or italic — as the main or su…
  • As I understand it, in those languages that most utilize the ordfeminine and ordmasculine, an underscore may be desirable. (I’ve certainly heard this from Portuguese typographers.) Also, the vertical alignment of these ordinals may be different tha…
  • Italic in the same font as Roman is a conceptual component of the variable font format. David Jonathan Ross recently explored this in an interesting way: https://djr.com/notes/roslindale-variable-italic-font-of-the-month/
  • It’s also possible that the font(s) in question were customized for the client even if they are based on commercial fonts, and renamed with the client name by the designer for versioning purposes.
  • That difference in hinting of the “middle bar” is worth paying attention to. The slight curvature to that element will get lost at smaller sizes and lower resolutions. When it does, the FF hinting will tend to render it slightly heavier than the …
  • Manual. Punch cutters were certainly capable of amazing precision and craftsmanship. I’m just not sure how much experience Binny would have when he and Ronaldson decided to start their foundry. Also, the metal they had to work with may have been les…
  • The relationship you are concerned with is essentially the units per em. The “em” is the virtual distance from the top (the defined “ascender”) to the bottom (the defined “descender”). When the font is rendered, that virtual distance is scaled to…
  • Adam — Keep in mind that when CH Griffith designed Monticello for Linotype in the mid 20th century, he was explicitly trying to recreate the idiosyncrasies and capture the historical charm of Binny & Ronaldson’s Pica Roman No. 1 from ca. 1796 (l…
  • You can’t blend oil and water, you simply can’t. And yet, salad dressing does this every day. It’s technically an emulsion, and it isn’t infinitely stable. But it can be done to some degree. Shake well before serving. ;-)
  • Honestly, I would not have chosen Garamond Premier Pro as an exemplar to learn contemporary practices from. I respect Rob Slimbach’s work greatly. But, as something of an historic homage, Garamond Premier Pro is bound to have plenty of small idio…
  • The results are the problem. That second “lithium” is a poorly spaced word. And not a particularly challenging one at that. Which is why I have trouble believing that the Adobe Optical Metrics algorithm is the HZ routine. I’ve seen the results of …
  • - amount of total whitespace between glyphs (which is why 'it' and 'iu' are closer together) Sure, but . . . Really? In what way do you think it considering this?
  • I’ve railed against this before, but maybe it’s time to do it again for a new generation. One needs to evaluate the results of applying Optical Metrics to a setting very carefully. Although it may have its uses, as Nick alludes to, they are extreme…
  • I wouldn’t say “most,” these days. There are some. The practice is certainly not unprecedented. I think most of those that you will find with default tabular figures derive from or inherit from fonts conceived in previous technologies. It was not…
  • If you are interested in designing fonts, then you should probably seek a tool that allows you to design kerning in a user interface and then manages the tables for you upon compilation. I imagine that nearly everyone on this forum would never at…
  • I suspect that the Aringacute/aringacute crept into so many extended Latin character sets because Microsoft chose to include it in their WGL4 character set, which many folks subsequently followed blindly (or were asked/required to follow, for whatev…
  • “Missing Points at Extrema” would be a warning, not necessarily an error.
  • Here is Adobe .fea file syntax documentation for Stylistic Set Names: https://www.adobe.com/devnet/opentype/afdko/topic_feature_file_syntax.html#8.c Make sure your compiler-of-choice can implement the proper writing of the necessary tables.
  • The apostrophe should be fitted (i.e., sidebearings) to look appropriate between two straight-sided letters. Then, kern pair exceptions should be added to make it look appropriate in relation to other letters as necessary. As previously expressed …
  • See also this discussion: https://typedrawers.com/discussion/2032/french-apostrophe/p1
  • I managed to find my old PowerBook G4 and get it booted. It’s running OSX 10.3.9 which I believe was the last version that could still launch Classic mode to run old OS 9 applications. I managed to get classic Quark 4.1 up and running. Font Creator…
  • The distinguishing characteristic is that {rlig} is supposed to be non-turn-offable. {liga} = recommended on by default, but can be deactivated in UI {rlig} = recommended on by default, and should not be able to be deactivated in UI Whether or …
  • Do you mean the Context of Diacritics site, where accented glyphs are listed by frequency of possible combinations?