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John Hudson

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  • The standard practice of placing marks to the left of caps in Greek dates from 19th Century typography. Prior to that one often saw the marks above (and I have a 1593 example in which they're to the right). Since the monotonic tonos mark is disunifi…
  • I’m confident the idea of being able to have more control over their typeface was one of the main deciding factors. I'm pretty sure internationalisation is too. Plex is being extended to lots of different writing systems and increased character cov…
  • Is there any typographic situation where both figures and letters appear together in , and therefore require a common “baseline”? Yes, this can occur in apparatus critici of scholarly editions. This example is from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensi…
  • If you have reliable webfont control and display, then you should be able to apply a Private Use Area codepoint to the character in the webfont. If not, then you probably want to handle it as an SVG graphic.
  • the EB Garamond: it contains two sets of absolutely identical glyphs, one for superscript and one for ordinal numbers. Are you sure that's the distinction? It may be one set for superscripts and another set as fraction numerators.
  • Oh, good point, Frode. I'd quickly read the original post and assumed it was referring to ordinal numbers e.g. 2ª and 8º, not to superscript numerals.
  • If the glyphs are indeed identical, then there is no reason not to use the same lookup in both features. Some styles of ordinals have a small line below the superscript letter, so in that case they would require separate lookups. My understanding is…
  • It's Windows FL version problem. I have both physical Windows and Mac machines and scripts order are different across them. Strange. I'd seen this on my Macbook (High Sierra & Mojave), but on my iMac the macro ordering was fine for years, until…
  • While we're talking about FLS5 issues with Mac updates: Since I updated my Mac OS, my macro menus in *Windows* FLS5 running under VMware are no longer sorted alphabetically: they're randomly jumbled. This seems to have occurred in the transition fr…
  • Branding typefaces are the best ones to make libre I don't think this makes any more sense as a general or universal rule than Hrant's insistence that giving away a branding typeface necessarily undermines its branding power. There are different k…
  • Take a look at Poetica, which is mostly derived from the Cataneo manuscript. It illustrates several options for making a swash I, mostly involving a hook at the top left. The commonest swash form of O is probably the taller, descending form, which …
  • There is a qualitative difference between sketching and digitized forms. And between these and cutting and pasting together bits of the original poster's provided images?
  • That's only true of his #12. Also his overbold serif (No.8), I think. Type designers and sign painters had figured out more than a hundred years previously that the way to make a really heavy A and still have reasonably sized counters is to make gi…
  • Sorry if it was inappropriate to post a suggested form, Christian: I wanted to see it for myself before putting the idea forward, so copy-pasted across your versions. [That said, I'm not convinced by the words-not-pictures approach to this kind of …
  • I think in the rightmost version you've lost too much of the treble clef shape. I prefer the middle version in that respect. Here's one where I tried restoring the descending curl that is an intrinsic part of the clef mark. It gets a bit busy, but I…
  • Gill's 'overbold' illustration seems to me deliberately freakish, employing forms and techniques that don't follow from the models of extreme heavy types that were developed in the 19th Century, e.g. those from A.W. Kinsley & Co., whose 1829 spe…
  • If the modified glyph is just for use on the album cover, does it need to be a font edit, or could you just convert to outlines and create the modified shape in e.g. Illustrator? Is there a practical need or usability advantage in having a custom ve…
  • Thanks, John. When you say “make fonts to spec”, are you referring to industry font specs (e.g., the OpenType spec) or customer specs/requirements? Industry font specs. I work through with my clients what their needs are and how to achieve these wh…
  • Hrant, you seem to be assuming that the brand value of a typeface is only in how that type is used by the company itself. That can be the case if a company wants to carefully manage exclusive use of a typeface, which is a totally legitimate approach…
  • Something I learned a long time ago is to make fonts to spec, and not according to what works in a particular application. I know that's a difficult position for a lot of font makers who are licensing fonts to customers who tend to use particular so…
  • In FLVI all interpolation takes place in the variations panel, so in order to blend two different fonts you need to put them together as masters in a single source. This is actually pretty easy to do: you open both fonts, then in the FontInfo panel …
  • I always have the WRC active by default, because of the scripts I work with. It was a while ago that I tried the Hunspell Serbian dictionary method, but I think I probably tried it with both composers, because I am aware that there are significant b…
  • It's irrational to believe the writing system has no effect on performance, and that some writing systems are not better/worse for reading than others. It is also not a thing I said. For someone who goes on about reading a lot, you're kinda shit at…
  • Definitely read the rebuttal, but frankly it was far less convincing, in fact full of smoke-screens. The stuff in the rebuttal about the stamping of the series numbers in the Lanston brass patterns is impossible to answer, as Mike Parker acknowledg…
  • The folks at P22, who purchased Lanston from Giampa, say they have seen no trace or evidence of any such thing among the Lanston assets. Gerald's operation on Prince Edward Island was flooded out by a tidal surge, and most of the paper archive…
  • This is like saying all fonts are equally readable. No, it's not remotely like saying that. It's saying that within any given writing system, there are typical patterns of fixation and saccade that correlate to linguistic content load, not to visua…
  • That's interesting, indeed. But what is actually the value of one saccade? For Chinese it would be 3 words. For Hangul, the average amount of characters in one square is 3 = 9 characters; Latin 12-15: The value (words) here depends on the language. …
  • BTW saccades in Chinese would (presumably) have to be over four times shorter than in English for them to be comparable in speed Note that I didn't say anything about speed, only about saccade length being relative to linguistic content, so the mor…
  • Dusan, you might also want to specify a Macedonian locl set. This would be the same as for Serbian, with addition of the italic ghe+acute.
  • I tried the Hunspell dictionary method to add Serbian to my InDesign language list, but couldn't get it to display SRB locl variants.