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John Savard

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  • I had heard the name of Andron, but I was not familiar with it. Once I saw the image of the many variant forms it had, I went and searched: I found what used to be Andreas Stötzner's page for offering it for sale - but the page has many dead links t…
  • Given that UTF-8 can encode characters of up to 31 bits in length, and other codes related to Unicode went up to 32 bits, I would propose that the characters FFF0 to FFF3 be reserved for use as high surrogates for additional planes, which would enco…
  • Yannis Haralambous said: In this paper, on page 10 you can see a proposal for making Arabic script Latin-like I may not be Hrant, but I definitely think that Boutemene, despite the practical benefits outlined in that paper, is going exac…
  • What I noticed right away was that "mu" was too widely spaced. I didn't check to see if it was a kerning problem or a sidebearing one. (Although, logically, given the shapes of the letters involved, it shouldn't be kerning.)
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Armenian doesn't prefer a smaller "x-height" only because of precedent, but mostly because of how it uses the vertical space in terms of readability. Yes. This is something I agree with, and acknowledge as fact. As I…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Cyrillic is too close to Latin (not least thanks to Peter the Great's cultural inferiority complex) and needs help pulling away. What kind of help? It is difficult for me to imagine any kind of possible world where th…
  • Andreas Stötzner said: 3. But you can’t simply take some of them out… Why not? If they are superfluous? Here's a point that can be answered. It's not like a typeface is a collection of independent attributes, any one of which can be re…
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  • Not being a native speaker of Greek, I hesitate to comment in this area, but it seems to me that the change in direction of the left descender of the lower-case lambda as it joins up with the main stem is visually distracting. I've done a quick che…
  • Ebern Klause said: I have personally always really hated Times - even though I think it is well made - but that’s mainly because of its proportions, not because there is too much in it. I loved Times... back when I was reading books in …
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Quite often historicism is merely an easy way to feel confident, which is of arbitrary relevance to users. Although I disagree with your views on this issue in general - and they don't seem to have gotten much support fro…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Why not unfetter them from historicism in favor of the needs of living users? Nothing wrong with that. But if you're designing a typeface, the first thing you do need to know is what the letters of the alphabet l…
  • The typeface DIN was precisely the sort of thing of which Neutor reminded me. So I am glad that I gauged your intentions in this regard correctly. I tend, however, to agree with the conventional wisdom that serifs, stroke width variation, and so on…
  • I'm not a native speaker of a Cyrillic script language, but my initial impression of this typeface was that it was an okay typeface - but not for general purpose use. To me, it looked like it was intended to look like lettering used in drafting. Whi…
  • In the past, people entered text on keyboards that had the ASCII character ' (U+0027) and possibly the ASCII character ` (U+0060). Unicode didn't exist yet, so there was no way to specify ´ (U+00B4) acute accent, ʹ (U+02B9) modifier letter prime, ‘ …
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Yeah it was really bad Armenians didn't just twiddle their thumbs. No, that's not the point. Of course if doing things in the future-proof standards-compliant way is not an option, it's better to hack than to do …
  • Georg Seifert said: Because this line of thinking brought us the wrong behavior of using the win-metrics for linespacing. Well, I'm assuming that a font should be designed to work perfectly in the programs that are already existing out …
  • Thomas Phinney said: The other moral of this story is: if releasing a Latin typeface that could get more language support in the future, consider making metrics decisions up front that would allow for Vietnamese support later. Although t…
  • ivan louette said: In fact I hesitated some time for the 1. You are right, at Jenson time it seems that 1 was more like a short I with a symmetrical above serif, and I could try it too. Not just at the time of Nicholas Jenson. Before 19…
  • Isn't a 1 in oldstyle numerals that looks like a 1 instead of like an I a rather recent innovation?
  • It certainly is possible to write Windows programs that obtain scan codes corresponding to keypresses from the keyboard, rather than requesting input of ASCII characters. Many game programs do so. However, the techniques involved are still consider…
  • Adam Twardoch said: One possible reason for it is that the https://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/head.htmdoes not in any way mention CFF.FontMatrix, and the specification for CFF is, well, really weird. It's written from the perspective o…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Exactly. So let's stick to common sense: virtually everybody likes to save money; and most people have trouble telling apart TNR and Georgia. Now work from there. The conclusion to be drawn from the situation y…
  • Simon Cozens said: Ben Blom said: Making free fonts, facilitates to kill the market of paid fonts. This statement is empirically testable. What’s the evidence base? Is it? It's not as if we can actually do an experimen…
  • Ben Blom said: 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. Suggestin…
  • Khaled Hosny said: The short-term profit of a few, may cause the long-term loss of many. So one should reject good (that is also both legal and moral) business opportunity because someone somewhere thinks it might affect their career choices …
  • On the issue of making the typeface more regular: that, in my opinion, depends on the use to which it is to be put. If it is intended for display or novelty use, or otherwise for simulating the appearance of old documents, imitating the behavior of …
  • Artur Schmal said: Apparently y becomes ij in jointed script and stays y in disconnected script. I think I had seen something earlier in this thread that showed the Dutch ij becoming y in Dutch handwriting. So, although this seems bizarre to …
  • I presume the main motivation for a no-modification clause is that it is perceived as discouraging font piracy. After all, modifying a font involves work, and so people might be tempted not to do that work twice. The obvious argument against a no-m…
  • Yes, viewing your original specimen on 32-bit Windows 7 with Adobe Acrobat Reader XI caused some letters to be cut off either on the right or the top, or both, but only in the Uccello samples on the left, not the Geranium samples on the right.