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John Savard

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  • Christian Thalmann said: You should probably decide whether you want rounded serifs or sharp cuts and stick with the decision. Well, perhaps this first draft of the typeface will enable him to determine which of those choices would be m…
  • Andreas Stötzner said: Katy Mawhood said: … we scanned the previous edition … What an achievement. Congratulations. Yes, think of all the unfortunate Linotype machine operators this heartless decision has put out of wor…
  • André G. Isaak said: If your text includes Polish and you choose a font which doesn’t support Polish, then you've chosen the wrong typeface. That's certainly true nowadays. In the dark old days, though, a print shop might have a choice of type…
  • André G. Isaak said: So if I were to write something like “The Polish name ‘Wałęsa’ is pronounced [vawɛ̃sa]” would you advocate using three different fonts: one for English, one for Polish, and one for IPA? Just imagine what an etymological d…
  • John Hudson said: Please remember that a significant portion of IPA letters are also used in natural language orthographies. In the case of North American first nations languages, this involves not only full size letters but also a variety of I…
  • Andreas Stötzner said: The phonetic characters are not symbols but letters. These letters are a part of the (extended) Latin writing system. This needs to get materialized by the font design. Because the correspondence of the phonetic letterfo…
  • The evolution of the English alphabet is one aspect of the evolution of the English written language, at least. And I find nothing unclear in that a table, typeset with hot metal, now has to have the Unicode values of the characters in it located in…
  • If you have included precomposed characters in your font, then while there could be a shortcoming in how your font implements combining characters, it's also entirely possible that what is happening is due to factors that are in no way your responsi…
  • Although I am not qualified to answer this question, given the example of Times 827 for use in France, modified because certain typefaces were very popular in that country, suggests to me that if the stems should be thinner for Greek, it would be be…
  • I don't recall encountering anything duospaced before. But the mechanical Vari-Typer only provided characters with widths of 2, 3, and 4 units, and there was a manual typewriter with proportional spacing by Olivetti that offered a form of proportion…
  • 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?