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John Hudson

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  • For uni-width, presumably you would also need to delta all the GPOS kern lookups values to zero to disable kerning when the uni-width variation is enabled?
  • Most kerning in Latin fonts involves diagonal or overhanging shapes., i.e. the shapes that are exceptional to the straight-straight, round-round, and straight-round relationships that determine the default spacing. The only times you should ever fi…
  • [A bit meta: We have no formal process in place for registering new axes in the new OT Design-Variation Axis Tag Registry. I am wondering whether it would make sense to come up with at least a protocol for how new axes are registered? I am conside…
  • So, I don't believe: "A conversion of "wght" into a system like the TN proposal can be fully automated". I agree: It doesn't look to me that the existing wght axis scale can be automatically translated into a units-per-mille stem weight scale. I a…
  • Mike, So this is what I get in AD. Feature on, feature off, feature back on. To clarify: reversibility is going to depend on how the rand feature is implemented in software. If cycling through the variants and always starting the cycle in the same …
  • But once the glyph swap has occurred, there isn't reflow issues. In that sense it is no different than any gsub once it occurs.  It's a little different in that if you were to turn the feature off and back on again, the randomisation routine would …
  • Hrant, as someone who almost always disagrees with you but sometimes values your input, I hope you won't be offended if I point out that there's a steady decline in the quality of your discourse over the course of this thread, with your last post co…
  • The real reasons most contemporary designers prefer the Latin form are that they are afraid of challenging the status quo, and they want to be Western. It seems kind of insulting to not only ascribe motivations to groups of other people but also mo…
  • I wonder when that changed. Maybe after WW2? Very much earlier than that, I think. I don't recall seeing the rounded р in any 19th Century Russian text faces — which is not to say that they don't exist, only that the seriffed form seems to have be…
  • From a user perspective, combining mark use might be transparent, with combinations of base plus mark(s) input from a single keystroke. In that respect, users might not need to 'catch on'.
  • To me a notable thing is that –even in his zeal to Westernize– Peter The Great crossed out the serifed ones and not the rounded ones. Yes, although it is possible that he was reacting to the rather ungainly form of the serif and to the descending…
  • - OT Layout scripts/language systems: A constraint on use of language system tags with 'DFLT' script has been relaxed. Where is this in the update, Peter. I see that the final text on the script registry page still says:  When the ScriptList tabl…
  • Much, much better. Glyph Tweaker allows you to control height, width, x-stem gain, and y-stem gain as independent values. I think Karsten made it, as the name suggests, with fairly minor adjustments to weight or proportion in mind: just tweaking. I…
  • A somewhat brutal tool, but sometimes useful for roughing in a secondary weight, is Karsten Luecke's Glyph Tweaker plugin for FontLab.
  • Not often I agree with Hrant, but yes, of the ones you list I would say Letters of Credit first.
  • Yes, charging more for minority language support doesn't make sense, either in terms of justice or commerce. I think it is a valid decision to only support major languages with established or emerging markets, but if one is going to go beyond that a…
  • The only apps worth their weight are Mac-only. @Erwin Denissen's Font Creator is often overlooked — maybe because it's Windows-only   —, but it is a good tool, and was one of the very first with colour font support. I'm still using FontLab Studio…
  • I've not closely examined the pre-defined sets in Glyphs, but I presume the following observations are likely to be the case: The basic set is probably based on 8-bit Cyrillic codepages that cover all the major Slavic languages using the script: Ru…
  • Re. STIX Two: the IPA support in the romans isn't bad, but lacking mark positioning, so only good so long as you don't need that. In the italics, there's an unfortunate mix of true italic and sloped roman in the IPA set, which we inherited from the …
  • Adam, I know its at least partly a matter of familiarity, but I find I don't automatically read the hard-cornered form — as in the images of Jos' Antona — as an ẞ. I'm also finding that the strong upright on the left — without any of the familiar sh…
  • This tangent would lead to: how those born deaf learn to read. http://psych.nyu.edu/pelli/docs/azbel2004intel.pdf
  • TruFont is a font design program just like FontForge. If you can't do something in FontForge, you can't do it in TruFont.  I wouldn't presume that. My understanding is that part of the impetus for the development of TruFont was to move beyond the …
  • Aural associations are largely irrelevant. Beyond decoding: phonological processing during silent reading in beginning readers. Since, when it comes to the uppercase eszett the almost all readers are beginning readers, phonological association m…
  • Hanna Hakala's Notes on the Design of DTL Valiance Cyrillic.
  • If you want an actual font in which each glyph is composed of two colours, even if those colours are black and white, then you need to make a chromatic font in one of the four supported chromatic fonts in the OpenType specification. Since you are pr…
  • I presume there is a way to make text transparent in CSS?
  • Also, Martin Andrews from Reading University is in this!   And the reproduction of the Gutenberg press made in the documentary now lives in the typography department at Reading.
  • Europeans always assume that printing with moveable type was invented in Europe by Gutenberg and we ignore far eastern history. Pretty much every book I've read and documentary I've seen on the subject mentions Chinese and Korean printing from move…
  • There may be even more to take into account. The Phaistos Disc is supposed to be some 3.500 years old. To me that is ‘printing with movable type’. I recall I have seen similar stamp prints on old ceramic vessels (but fail to remeber where it was). …
  • The problem with getting to look x͡y and x͜y nice is a familiar one ... I don't know if an OpenType solution is even possible! It isn't easy. You'd need variant widths of the double mark, triggered contextually by width of the base letters, and the…