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Kent Lew

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  • Hmm. Didn’t work for me. Still seeing only Lucida after clearing browser cache.
  • I’m also seeing Lucida Grande (which is the last fallback in the font stack). Seems like the "Alright Sans from Webtype" is not being served right now for some reason. Maybe expired, like Florian suggests.
  • Wow. That’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Makes me want one, even though I don’t have any set-up for either punchcutting or casting (nor am I ever likely to).
  • But in this case, we’re specifically talking about lcaron (at least, I think) — which takes an apostrophe-like diacritic. So, maybe not so much about flattened/not flattened.
  • Not to be flippant, but the answer is rather literal: the l.sc should appear as a small capital. Depending upon the degree of variation between capital L and small-cap L, you may be able to use the same accent component as the capital, or you migh…
  • Seems to me like it has an effect. Here are autohinted* (above) with unhinted (below) OTFs. InDesign CS6 8.0.2 on OSX 10.12.6 at Actual Size 100% view. 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display. Neither is stellar, but the point here is that there is a d…
  • In this digital time, copy fitting is rarely practiced. True, but by way of tangential anecdote: When I was consulting on the TIME magazine redesign a few years back, we were initially trying to maintain a similar copyfit with the replacement tex…
  • Meaning what in that context? I believe that, in the context of metal, fitting generally described the process of deciding the sidebearings of the sort — that is to say, where the positive shape should “fit” on the face of the piece of type (mostly…
  • Tal’s original {frac} code was partly a result of a conversation he and I and Christian Schwartz had. Prior to this, the Adobe approach required selecting and applying the feature only to the components involved, which was highly impractical for my …
  • The apostrophe being replaced by an open single quote is a pervasive cultural embarrassment, Sure. And yet, in my Apple Mail program, if I type '18 or rock 'n' roll, using simple keyboard straight quotes, I actually get ’18 and rock ’n’ roll. So, i…
  • In general, but in this case that is exactly what “Smart Quotes” attempts to do, so I see no reason not to try and bug-fix that No, “Smart Quotes” attempts to solve the character-level problems at the character level, not the glyph/font level. It j…
  • André — I think you mistyped. I believe you meant U+02BB for Hawaiʻian okina in your last sentence.
  • When in doubt, clear the Adobe font cache.
  • I would really love to do what John suggests and have a “learn from my examples,” a kind of supervised learning thing. But I am not sure how to implement that. You could provide the tool as a blank slate and allow a user such as John to train i…
  • What font editor are you using for the rest of your development? Do you see evidence of kerning data in the UFO via that editor? Alternately, can you inspect the UFO package to see if the kerning.plist is populated?
  • The kerning feature from the .fea file needs to be converted back into UFO kerning.plist data for Metrics Machine to recognize and act upon it. The .fea file export is a translation, not the original data format. But you should be able to do this f…
  • That does sound like some kind of encoding issue, then. Not sure why it would be limited to OTF-format output. But I’m sure the FL team will figure it out once they have sources in hand.
  • Are the missing glyphs actually absent from the TransType-generated fonts? Or are they just not appearing when typed? If it’s the latter, then I wonder if the source files have correct encoding assigned to all glyphs. Is it possible that FontLab wa…
  • Georg Seifert said: But increasing winascend will increase the line spacing, too (at least in a tone of apps that follow the winGDI model). I thought that’s what the fsSelection bit 7 USE_TYPO_METRICS was for — to allow WinAscent/Descent…
  • Dwiggins went on to design Caledonia, (Not to mention Eldorado and Stuyvesant — two period-piece revivals if ever there were any. But that takes us far off topic . . . )
  • Naturally, all of this reminds me of the dialogue in Dwiggins’s fanciful account of the creation of Electra — his imaginary conversation with Kobodaishi, “Patron Saint of the lettering art”: He said: “The trouble with all you people is that you are …
  • Before 1990 or thereabouts too. [...] This is a very recent innovation. At least the first time I noticed it was in Georgia by Microsoft. Uh . . . I’m not sure I would agree with that “very.” For example, Electra 1935: I’m sure I could put my h…
  • You will experience problems having multiple weights with the same OS2weight value — e.g., both UltraLight and ExtraLight at 200, and both Light and Book at 300. You may also experience problems having both “Book” and “Regular” stylenames in the sa…
  • Also, in the U.S., you can become subject to the judgment of a USPTO trademark examining attorney who has to approve a registration. In 2012, when Carter & Cone and Font Bureau submitted to register Matthew Carter’s “Postoni” — the name of the …
  • Historically, the “art work representing images of letters, numbers and other characters” was considered the “typeface” and the means of reproducing those images — i.e., the physical metal sorts, or the photofilm negative, or the computer fil…
  • MS Word is also tricky. (Word for Mac 2011, anyway.) It starts to have trouble with families that are larger than standard RIBBI. The further you get from that, the more trouble. I once tried, unsuccessfully, to troubleshoot the Benton Sans family …
  • I wouldn’t bother to try to figure out TextEdit’s menu. It’s not just your font; it does that with all fonts, even Apple system-supplied fonts. The order of styles seems somewhat nonsensical.
  • Perhaps it looks weird because both “ij” and “ie” represent a single vowel Hmm. Interesting. Is that a constant? That is, does the sequence “ie” always represent a single vowel in Dutch? Could the Dutch localization be expanded to include     sub f…
  • One could make such an f to be used only in the fij instance, but I suspect that would look awkward again. As long as {calt} comes before {liga}, this should work for localized interception: feature calt { script latn; language NLD; …
  • Vasil — I think that you should not have a f-ij ligature. I have heard before that it is would actually be preferable to prevent the f from ligating with the i when part of a ij vowel (even when the i and j are input as separate letters/codepoints…