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Kent Lew

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  • 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…
  • Even though some people say PS hinting is essentially dead, I find that even very reputable, true Adobe PS3, hi-res laser printers give variable results with spacing like this at text sizes depending upon hinting settings. It can be very unnerving a…
  • I doubt the trigger is in the name table. I suspect this behavior has to do with the OS/2 UnicodeRanges. I think that when certain ranges having to do with non-Latin/non-Western scripts are checked, that’s when Adobe apps place fonts in these segreg…
  • Ray — Here’s what typical usage looks like: That language is standardized, as indicated in the Wikipedia article Khaled linked to. Incidentally, we included this character in Miller Text when it was expanded a few years ago, since Matthew had al…
  • Well, any foundry-metal type cast at text sizes would almost certainly have been put up in fonts with more like 40–50a in quantity, not 20 (which would have been way too limiting). But your point is still well taken. Depending upon how many pages o…
  • That was tongue-in-cheek. If one is experienced, it is not necessary to keep compiling to check. As you gain experience, you learn how to construct judicious classes and what to kern (and what not to bother with). I would say that beginner mistakes…
  • You keep kerning and compiling until you get the dreaded “kern overflow” warning and then you go back one step and stop. ;-) Seriously, though, if one is working on a large glyph repertoire that requires a lot of kerning, then one either becomes ed…
  • when, if ever, the florin existed as an independent type sort distinct from f in the pre-digital world. I wouldn’t be surprised if it never did. It is possible that it was only distinguished when Apple encoded it as 0xC4 in the MacOSRoman charset.
  • What I am imagining is a GX file that can take information from my existing four masters, along with some metadata about my desired scale and maybe vertical interpolation, and be able to render smallcaps without adding masters I have been thi…
  • Although f-stop can be correctly indicated with just an italic f, the fact of the matter is that very frequently in the digital age the florin/hooked-f ƒ is now used. Pretty much ever since the Mac keyboard made it convenient with option-f, I think.
  • Not sure how checking the file size of kerning.plist gets you anywhere useful. The size of the source kerning data dictionary does not necessarily correlate very directly with compiled size and performance. A lot can depend upon the nature of that k…
  • The rest of your post is just like chinese for me, sorry. Well, my father was Chinese . . .  ;-) Well, the superscripts I only use them for footnotes which are automatically numbered by the software Right. That makes sense. Too bad EndNote and s…
  • I would like to be able to make Kent's cmap remapping work, seems promising. Sorry it didn’t work. Seemed like a reasonably sound idea. But I’m also not surprised that there are complications. Hacking like this often involve…
  • Even foundry faces appear to have been designed to a unit of 1/4 of a point by some foundries; which makes sense, as without some commonality, how could lines be justified exactly? Linotype matrices were specified to .001" increments (with machinin…
  • Michel is not wrong about the consideration for moving kerning data. But a script can deal with renaming in groups and kerning data pretty readily, if one just accounts for it. Still, if the objective is to work in Word (and only in one’s own close…
  • Yes, as one can see in Ray’s example, the Latin Extended Additional range is not well-supported in Lucida Sans Unicode, unfortunately. (At least, not in the version 5.0 that I have on my Mac; nor the one that Ray has, it seems.)
  • Or you can use some kind of CSS skinning plug-in to specify your own local font-family. Why not. Personally, I don’t mind the Lucida Grande fallback. But that’s on Mac. Those Windows/Edge Times Roman and Windows/Chrome decomposed Lucida Sans Unicod…
  • I think most webfonts would work perfectly well for screen with a low UPM like 256. I think most (if not all) of Font Bureau’s RE fonts are on 512 upem, using similar reasoning. I believe that this approach grew out of David Berlow’s experience cre…
  • the best solution is to ask the client, and let them decide. For me, it would be a nightmare if I had to change the font in any of the old documents that I opened because the font's name had changed. When working with clients on this sort of mo…
  • In Slovak, that is not an apostrophe! (Despite how it may perhaps be input sometimes in some “dumb” environments.) It is an accented letter: Ľ. So, yes, it is thought of as part of a single letter.
  • I've checked some fonts, and haven't found one that compensates for differences in the curvature radius by playing with the height. FWIW, I have on occasion placed the overshoot of an eight or a zero differently than the general overshoot value, …
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  • Scribus actually just draws some predefined shapes for the few “invisible” characters it supports. InDesign also has its own predefined symbols for displaying invisible characters when Show Hidden Characters is activated, independent of what might …
  • Nina — As I said, I only double-encode U+00AD in case there is a validation tool that needs the codepoint in order to permit indication of certain codepage coverages. I suspect, as John does, that it doesn’t actually matter what’s in the font or not.
  • That may be to indicate that single quotes are used as the second level of quotation? Dunno. Sort of. Those single quote marks are indications of what InDesign thinks it should do with a single typewriter quote to become a “typographic quote” in th…
  • I've not checked to see whether it might be accessible from some deep level of the Greek keyboard layout. Shift-Option-Q (―) on Mac Greek keyboard. But I don’t actually see it on the Mac Greek Polytonic keyboard (unless it’s the function of som…
  • Or @Nina Stössinger’s Selavy? I believe that was also the approach that David Jonathan Ross took to constructing his early Variable Font experiment: Lab DJR.
  • There was a Cyrus Highsmith design that I worked on a few years back where he had drawn mirrored quotes. Matthew Carter relayed his cautionary tail against having that form as a default. So, I attempted to work out a scheme to manage between mirro…