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  • Bhikkhu Pesala said: Maybe I am going out on a limb here, but I think arm I just about lost my drink when I read that.
  • Sometimes caps have looser spacing than lowercase. This can lead to needing to kern what might seem like a lot, for cap-to-lc and lc-to-cap combinations. Alternatively, one spaces the caps more like the lowercase, and uses a 'cpsp' feature to loose…
  • Almost any accented lowercase vowel followed by T (also V, W, or Y).
  • Yes, the spacing seems VERY tight. What is the design size? (“Design size” refers to the idea that given a perfectly spaced typeface, it has a specific size that its spacing is ideal for, and needs tracking when used at a significantly larger or sm…
  • I use class-based kerning, and try to kern the most significant/egregious CamelCase situations.
  • It’s complicated. If you make the usWinAscent & usWinDescent lower than the “correct” values, the affected glyphs will get clipped when rendered in some classic Windows apps. If you make the Typo values larger to match the Win values, it will …
  • They are different. In fact, they have very little to do with each other. Normal TT delta instructions are a type of hinting. They are hints that are specific to a particular pixel-per-em (ppem) size or sizes or range of sizes, which move a point a…
  • My first thought was that, as these are Apple system fonts, a reasonable argument could be made that there is no reason they should be built to meet the usual cross-platform standards so as to work on Windows. However, the license has no prohibiti…
  • There are a couple of things. "GX Variations" is a small subset group of all "GX Fonts." GX Fonts in general could have either TrueType or PostScript outlines. But GX Variations I think were strictly for TrueType outlines. If I recall correctly. So…
  • J Brian Crain said: @Johannes Neumeier yeah, I'm not 100% certain, but they do note that their measurements are compatible with Sketch, so that's what I used to do my mock-up shown in the original post. From what I found elsewhere onl…
  • Multiple Master fonts are/were supported by older versions of FontLab (4 and 5) and Fontographer (3.5 and 4) and other apps. I am not sure which you mean when you say TTVariations. The TrueType flavor of OT Variations are supported by FontLab VI a…
  • Well, they would always have been screen-only. And wouldn't work at all on OS X and some flavors of Android. So I think there is more than one hitch.
  • There were occasional radical things done with hints way back in the early 90s though. There was a decorative kind of inline-blackletter in one of the Microsoft TrueType Font Packs that suppressed its inline effect at smaller sizes. That was nicely …
  • There are some significant inconsistencies in the tracking decisions between different sizes in that chart—inconsistencies that, at least on the surface, seem to make no sense. The smaller Body 2 uses less positive tracking than the larger Body 1. …
  • Unfortunately, it's a question of particular Undo-able actions that are not recorded properly on the Undo stack. So there have been a ton of fixed bugs in Undo. Clearly more need to be quashed. But it is a matter of specifying in a bug report exactl…
  • Yes, exactly. That is what I was trying to say, probably not very clearly!
  • Adam Jagosz said: Not only does "undo" undo an arbitrary amount of actions, and work globally instead of locally within one glyph (I guess the reasoning was to enable undoing font-level actions... not sure if that's possible anyway),  …
  • Generally, this is a ton better than most people’s first font. The H seems narrower than the A, which is very odd proportions. The left side of the C and G seem a bit thin compared to top and bottom; usually to appear monoline they would need to b…
  • The designer designs all the masters they want to, and designates one as the default. In the compiled font, the other masters are represented by deltas to the point positions. Values are in essence interpolated (or created by vector addition if not …
  • Parametric fonts are not really “automated design,” in my opinion. They are a label for a group of technologies. An individual parametric font is a font which can be varied within some parameters. Although no doubt some day the design portion will …
  • Russell_McGorman said: I predict a procedural detective series on Netflix about a CEO of a company that makes a font design application who ditches the C suite for a career serving the public as a font detective. Now... Not sure if the lead wou…
  • In the two graphics shown by Mauro, the nominal/measured x-height differences for the italic are really a difference in overshoot, not so much a difference in x-height. It is an optical issue: those tightly curved serif/terminals get more overshoot …
  • Latin is also a bit boring compared to Greek. Greek has a lot going on! But Cyrillic has a few exciting bits of its own. The /be is pretty exciting.
  • Tiffany Wardle said: If we could but practice more moderation in our lives, perhaps we would not need moderators. (Not a proverb.) It is now! T
  • ClintGoss said: I am guessing that the only practical use for the caretSlopeRise/Run values are when drawing the shape of a selection range ... is that correct? If so, I am thinking that finicky precision in setting these is not really needed …
  • That last rightmost one is definitely better. The second omega, without the hollow in the implied loop, is working better, I think. This is quite a challenging style to do Greek for—good going! T
  • Originally from the usWeightClass in the OS/2 table of the TrueType specification, which was inherited by OpenType. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/opentype/spec/os2#usweightclass Later, that scheme, including the numbering system, …
  • I make these things font-specific, if I care about them at all. It is reasonable to vary them depending on the thickness of the underline character and have both vary depending on the weight of the font. Thin underlines look really silly in ultrabol…
  • 72 styles is a lot, indeed. I don’t think Adobe’s choice for Acumin was crazy; I just wonder if the particular problem I had with it was not one they thought of. It is entirely possible they considered it a reasonable compromise/tradeoff. Personal…
  • Abraham is probably on the right track. In a similar vein: your Windows legacy family (Windows name ID 1) needs to be "TDR Black" with style (Windows name ID 2) of "Regular"
    in TDR Comment by Thomas Phinney May 7