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Ben Blom

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  • The question suggests there are two sets of diacritics, one for lowercase and one for uppercase. When one includes small caps in a font, I think one should use a third set of diacritics for small caps. So, in a font that contains small caps,…
  • Chris, I’m afraid you are just wrong. In Illustrator, the sorting order of fonts is exactly the same as in InDesign.
  • Chris Lozos: Then you have the Ai problem of sorting fonts in an order only known to Socrates! The sorting of Aspira in InDesign looks like this:
  • This is the naming system for widths and weights that I use in my Aspira typeface:
  • “Like” has been awarded a lot to posts which are supposed to be funny, but don’t help the discussion very much. I think there can be enough fun between the lines of serious posts. No need for “funny posts”, and the “Like” flag which rewards such…
  • Simon Cozens: Otherwise it’s all just anecdotes and supposition. It is very hard to empirically establish the impact of free fonts on the font market. The fact that this is very hard, does not imply that such impact does not exist. So sayin…
  • Adam Twardoch: Would you care to substantiate your claim somehow? The statement «Making free fonts, facilitates to kill the market of paid fonts» is a just a short summary of my earlier argument. If this earlier argument is valid, this sta…
  • Making free fonts, facilitates to kill the market of paid fonts.
  • Khaled Hosny: Yes, of course. We all know that making free fonts kills people. What a stupid misrepresentation of what I just said. (When one runs out of arguments, the misrepresentations start.)
  • Ray Larabie: You can try to hold back the tide but there’ll be a day when nobody buys fonts anymore and it’s not that far off. The future is, to a large degree, shaped by the decisions people take in the present. Suggesting that some kind of…
  • Why did type designers lose? It’s the same as with Google Fonts and other big free font schemes. The bigger (in relative terms) the market of good quality free fonts becomes, the smaller (in relative terms) the market of good quality paid fon…
  • Simon Cozens: I want to see what happens when you run this script on your fonts, and apply the kerning settings it suggests So the tool produces only kerning data. I am not sure if I understand the logic of this. The tool is trained by feedi…
  • Most inventors stand on the shoulders of earlier inventors. Most songwriters stand on the shoulders of earlier songwriters. Etc. Is that a reason to limit one’s rights to one’s invention, song, or...? A natural right to modify other people’s fon…
  • Hrant H. Papazian: Society is not a business decision. Pressuring people to change behavior you find immoral is not remotely intolerance. I don’t see a relationship here with society at large. Selling a EULA, is selling a package of rights.…
  • Hrant H. Papazian: It’s high time to start concertedly shaming EULAs with a no-mod clause. Is this a call for intolerance—by someone who advocates diversity and tolerance? The contents of EULAs are, in the end, a business decision. It doesn’…
  • it would be worthwhile for the Dutch language community to make the effort to get used to it It is silly for someone from outside the Dutch language community, to tell the Dutch how to improve their spelling.
  • Ben: I’m not sure why you say that this ignores the spacing. The spacing data is there in the sidebearing contours Simon, I’m sorry. I didn’t read careful enough. If it’s 99% accurate over 160,000 kern pairs that’s still 1,600 mistakes.…
  • Traditional Dutch cursive handwriting as taught at school, would look like this: This is a comparison between the traditional connected handwriting, and the alternative unconnected handwriting (which is taught at some schools):
  • Interesting approach. But if they didn’t put a zero in the kern table, there’s no kern - which is effectively a kern value of zero - except that this time, we don’t know whether the designer looked at the pair with no kern and decided no ac…
  • Artur, your examples may be more artsy—but, I’m afraid, a little too silly. To your second example, my response would be: Why this desire to connect things? The advantage of an unconnected “fi” ligature in the current context, is that it makes “f” a…
  • John, one of the possible alternatives for a ligature of “f” with a subsequent “ij”, is missing from your examples. It is, in fact, just a “fi” ligature of the unconnected type. The first sample word below is without ligature; the second sample w…
  • To me, the whole exercise of adding acutes to an uppercase “IJ”, is of very limited use. The chance that anybody would add acutes to an uppercase “IJ”, is very very small. Reasons for this: (1) “IJ” only exists in Dutch. (2) The only reason for a…
  • Paul van der Laan: In contrast to some of the anecdotal evidence or obscure sources that are cited in this thread, there is only one official source for spelling of the Dutch language which is de Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union). Their…
  • Except for “ij” and “ie”, there are no two-letter vowels in Dutch that start with “i”. I searched for Dutch words that contain “fij”, in which “ij” is not a vowel. I did not find such a word—so I believe in the Dutch letter combination “fij”…
  • To me, “fiets” with ligature, looks weird directly after “fijne” without ligature. It looks inconsistent. I would prefer this: Perhaps it looks weird because both “ij” and “ie” represent a single vowel—and with the ligature in “fiets”, half of th…
  • In the course of history, the “ij” has been dropped from Dutch keyboards, and the “y” in the spelling of most Dutch words has been replaced by “ij”. Now one cannot use one’s little finger anymore to type an “ij”. In some Dutch names, the old “y” c…
  • Hrant, what is more efficient: ignoring what one’s fingers want to do “automatically”, or just let the fingers move as they are used to? (According to your logic, it would be a good idea to add direct input for other common combinations, like “o…
  • I’ve seen “fi” ligatures in Dutch words like “fijn” in serious publications. Perhaps many Dutch people do not notice such ligatures, but to me they look weird—like the “f” ligating with the left part of the “ÿ” or “ü” in the imaginary words “fÿn”…
  • Laurenz van Gaalen: it crossed my mind the y is used a lot in old Dutch texts The spelling of Dutch has changed over the years. In the past the “y” has been used, where today the “ij” is being used. In Afrikaans, the “y” is still being used …
  • Hrant H. Papazian: But "oe" is not a single letter, while "ij" is, no? Laurenz van Gaalen: In the Dutch alphabet the ij replaces the y (yes, we don't have the y). It is not so clear-cut. Some consider “ij” to be a single letter, and others cons…