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John Savard

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  • Christian Thalmann said: (Also, Turkey is officially still a secular country with separation of religion and state, despite Erdoğan's efforts.) Yes, but its people are overwhelmingly Muslim. There is nothing wrong with Turkey being a…
  • It is certainly true that one can't claim Latin script is so much better than Arabic script in an absolute sense that the Arabic world should switch. Even if it seems more legible to people used to the Latin script, that doesn't prove it's a problem…
  • I like Goudy and Dwiggins, and I like your typeface. The revised version improves the lowercase f, but in my opinion the problem with it is that the crossbar on the f should be raised to match the x-height; right now, the top of the letter looks too…
  • Jasper de Waard said: The premise that an attention demanding typeface could improve memory is not entirely without merit, but any effect is likely the result of simply spending more time with the text. Well, there you are then. A t…
  • Your typeface certainly appears attractive to me. Obviously, only a native speaker of Greek could really address the question of whether this type of upsilon might pose issues or not. One possibility that came to mind, though, I soon saw was not an …
  • Jess McCarty said: John Savard said: The thing is, typefaces aren't vital for national security. So it's unlikely to be useful as a precedent. Or are they? http://www.cs.columbia.edu/cg/fontcode/ I hate to break this t…
  • Kent Lew said: I’d be curious to find the proceedings that lead to the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act of 1998, which amended Title 17 (the Copyright Code) by adding Chapter 13 to explicitly provide protection for the design of vessel hulls.…
  • At least he is not likely to say that he has never heard of John Barry.
  • It's not hard to believe. After all, I remember Jerome. Enjoyed a lot of his songs. But if you want to make your font available freely, I don't think you've made the best choice of site to do it on. It's not as bad as some other free font sites …
  • I'm afraid I wasn't favorably impressed by any of your sample logos. It has occured to me, though, that what you are attempting in the first and third logos might be achievable in a slightly different way. Suppose you have "JAM" in italics, …
  • I can't add anything to the answer you've already recieved: if even one glyph has a different width, the font isn't monospaced any more. However, that doesn't mean that this is a bad idea. One can just class the font as proportional - even thoug…
  • André G. Isaak said: One can certainly adopt that approach, but I view that as a short-term solution. I do agree that it's an imperfect solution; the standard provides for the "right" way to do these things. But as for short-term - …
  • Surely you should instead make a separate font specifically for IPA because that's the only way to ensure it will work properly with all software.
  • If one goes to the House of Staunton website to see a contemporary set made according to the Grand Cigar Divan of Simpson's on the Strand pattern, claimed to be accurate to the smallest details... the open crown on the Queen is sufficiently prom…
  • And your example of the diagrams by the Edinburgh Chess Club also illustrate the use of heads in the diagrams.
  • In fact, the diagrams from the 1819 book "Chess Rendered Familiar", an edition of Philidor's Analyse d'echecs with diagrams added after every move, are an example of what likely happened. Since the Queen as a piece, and, for that matter, the Bish…
  • Ah, you did find the 1818 book; "Chess Play Icons and the Sraunton Chess Set" is where these researches are.
  • I have now looked at your site. I think I found the essay in which the researches in question are contained. I see you had found an example of a Queen with a coronet in an 1820 chess diagram, so I've actually pushed this back by two years. B…
  • Here is a diagram from that 1818 edition of Stamma which shows all the different chess pieces. I've tried to enhance the image as much as I could to make it more legible.
  • Looking some more, I found an 1818 translation of Stamma by William Lewis, published by W. H. Reid, which used what are essentially the modern symbols for the chess pieces, except that the two players' pieces use the same types, differentiated by on…
  • It is true that in addition to designing the Staunton chess set, Nathaniel Cook also wrote a book on chess openings, although it just had charts and no diagrams. A quick perusal of some old chess books found an 1819 translation of Philidor's Ana…
  • A TrueType font, an OpenType font, and so on, encodes characters as a series of curved lines that go from one point to another. The fact that one is using a visual tool for specifying those lines, instead of typing the numbers in by hand, should…
  • Frode said: “Danish not supported. Missing glyphs: Aringacute, aringacute” Never having heard of these glyphs, I did a web search, and found out that Unicode had such a glyph, a Danish A with a circle over it, then with an acute accent …
  • Stefan Peev said: An official link for free download as a PDF of the book: Правопис на македонскиот јазик - Институт за македонски јазик „Крсте Мисирков“ – Скопје (2017). (Spelling of the Macedonian language - Institute of Macedonian Language "…
  • In Russian, at least, the lines that distinguish "sh" from "t" in  certain handwriting styles could hardly be considered diacritical marks. Instead, they would be viewed, I would think, as integral to the letter, the way the dot in the lower-case le…
  • This reminds me of something. The interior of a violin has a simple curved shape, but on the outside, there are four corners where triangular wood blocks are put to brace the ribs precisely where there would otherwise be inflection points in their c…
  • joeclark said: We have six or eight or a dozen “moderators” to make sure my complaints about this base level of incompetence are punished and no corrections are ever made, either systemically or to individual posts. Well, no…
  • 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…