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Adam Twardoch

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  • Of course there are also circular fashions (think hipsters) and political climate. For example today in countries such as Poland, Hungary but also many others, there is a right-wing trend and intense talk of national heritage and so on. In a clima…
  • There are two kinds of variant letters. Some language- or locale-dependent forms are suitable for general use in that given locale, but there are also "idiographic" or "idiolectic" cases, where a form is adapted to match a particular local preferenc…
  • I agree that if you based your Windows apps on anything else than C++ and Win32, you were in trouble. GDI+, WPF, DirectSomething, .NET in a number of iterations — this all came and went. But a Windows developer always had alternatives. There is a he…
  • Oh, of course! I'm not saying "let's not do it". I could list many many examples where it would be useful. The classic example is subscripts and superscripts, and many other uses similar to how people would want to use the "smart components" in Gl…
  • I know you're joking but I think nobody will seriously consider a proposal and then implement it if it has very serious limitations as to what types of fonts it can be used with. Sure, there will always be some limitations (for example, today vari…
  • Microsoft has a much better record than Apple in catering for users and developers of software in professional markets, including custom-developed software or software that costs several times more than the hardware it runs on.  I have both native …
  • After exchanging information with Apple engineers, we have an initial assessment of the problem (which is indeed a result of the changes in how macOS handles clipboard data). We are still investigating the way in which this problem can be fixed. 
  • My test font: https://github.com/twardoch/varfonts-ofl/tree/master/ZinzinVF-OFL shows how a font axis can be used to gradually trigger different lookups depending on the axis value.  Here, it’s done in the "rvrn" feature, but it’s possible …
  • It's currently not possible. Also: selecting a different instance constitutes a font change, so kerning between variable small caps and the unmodified glyphs wouldn't work. The variable font model could be extended to allow feature interaction betwe…
  • A typeface is digitally encoded as font software. A type designer conceptualizes, draws, spaces and kerns a typeface, and encodes this typeface into font software. In order to typeset and render some text, the computer reads and decodes the font sof…
  • Linotype Univers and Frutiger Next are the late-1990s reworkings which suffer from many problems. Linotype Univers has terrible interpolation compromises (too large contrast in the middle weights), Frutiger Next has those poor forced cursive italic …
  • BTW, these definitions may be helpful in answering the questions of “what's the difference between Bulgarian and Russian Cyrillic” or “what should italic Arabic look like”.  Bulgarian-style Cyrillic is more of an upright cursive when compared to Ru…
  • Four years later: this is a hilarious thread.  Terms evolve as does type design. So in today's world, my take is the following.  — cursive is a structural descriptor: when letters have a structure more related to fluid writing than to mechanical c…
  • On top of all that, Photoshop is simply Adobe’s strongest brand (even a layman  understands what "this picture was photoshopped" means) and most popular product. While Adobe itself doesn't publish any stats, the number of shares on popular pirate …
  • I think it's easiest for Adobe to add pioneer font functionality into Photoshop (not just variable fonts but also the already-supported OpenType+SVG color fonts) because the final output format of Photoshop is pretty much always a bitmap image, so a…
  • There is a cross-platform app called Synergy that allowed you to work on multiple computers placed side by side as if it was one. When you moved the mouse pointer to the edge of one computer's screen, the pointer appeared on another computer's scr…
  • Yep. Apple “upgraded” their system clipboard handling in macOS High Sierra to enable “Universal Clipboard 2.0”. In 2013, I suggested to Apple that they should implement “iCloud Clipboard” (as I called it in my e-mail) where I could copy an image o…
  • BTW, I don’t think we’re really in disagreement. Perhaps we’re focusing on somewhat different aspects. To me, there is a very clear distinction between the “user-facing axes” and the “technical variation axes”. The user-facing axes don’t have to be …
  • David,  there are registered tags for OpenType features that can be realized within the "GSUB" or "GPOS" tables. In most cases, these features are controlled by a binary switch (conceptually, a "checkbox"). Some are controlled by a "set of radio …
  • For single-master PostScript curve contour selections, there shouldn’t be any difference between the FLS5 native and the EPS fallback clipboard format, apart from the tangent-to-corner point conversion (which indeed happens, and it’s sort of by desi…
  • As I suspected, the problem shows primarily in Multiple Master fonts.  On macOS 10.12, using native clipboard format, when you select some contour portion and copy, the corresponding contour portion is being copied from each master. Then, when you …
  • That's because FLS copies its contour data into the clipboard in its native format and also as EPS, for interchange with e.g. Adobe Illustrator. When pasting, it checks for the native format, and in its absence, for the EPS data (so it can paste som…
  • http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-387.html http://fud.ujep.cz/en/faculty/contacts/
  • https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronislav_Malý suggests he might still be alive at 84, and that in the 1990s he was teaching at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Evangelista_Purkyně_University_in_Ústí_nad_Labem and later at https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…
  • Unfortunately, I can confirm: in macOS 10.13, copying glyphs in the Font Window only copies the glyph name but not the actual glyph data, and copying contours in the Glyph Window only copies the EPS fallback representation but not the native one.  …
  • David,  I'm not proposing to shoot down the process of registering new axes! I think your proposals are sensible, and I myself think the currently standardized system of variable fonts would need to be extended by at least two mechanisms:  1. Meta…
  • Peter,  I think we're all in agreement that Unicode codepoints shouldn't be variable  
  • David,  I sort of understand why the working group, that I was part of, was careful about introducing too many variable aspects into OpenType 1.8. This effort was very concentrated and really aimed at a “minimal sensible set of things” that could b…
  • Jens Kutilek said: I didn’t design italic small caps for FF Hertz because I thought they aren’t ever used. Yet in the two instances where I’ve seen FF Hertz small caps in use, italic small caps were required. Luckily the typographers involved …
  • Predefined instances in variable fonts on macOS Sierra and older need their names in the PID.EID=1.0 slots, because the code that reads GX varations in macOS is old.