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John Hudson

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  • Hrant, Can't good hinting make the spacing acceptable based on PPEM? Not any more. The environments that ignore hints to advance widths are too many and too pervasive. We lost that ability around the time that sub-pixel rendering with sub-pixel p…
  • Regarding nastaliq OpenType Fonts (as distinct from formats that are limited to particular software), I think the Noto Nastaliq Urdu is one of the best, in terms of going to considerable lengths to handle dot interaction within the clumsy mechanism …
  • Ugh. Those are some really clumsy IPA letters.
  • With regard to the separation of dots from base letter shapes, this is something we did in the Aldhabi project for Microsoft, and is common in nastaliq and other cascading style fonts where the dots need to move relative to adjacent shapes. However,…
  • I recall Hermann Zapf talking about the difference in the nature of his drawings for different type manufacturing processes. Drawings for mechanical production processes needed to be very precise, since they would be reproduced very directly. During…
  • Like much other terminology around type, I consider the term 'drawing' to be a kind of dead metaphor based on historical practice. Only in a production workflow such as Frank describes does it make sense to talk about digitising drawings in a litera…
  • My two deni worth: I don't think it makes sense to have the typical Russian etc. cursive form of г with acute in Macedonian typography if the localised form is used for г without acute. As far as I know, the information provided in the Noto GitHub …
  • Peter, Interestingly, I don't think I ever saw your proposal. It was in an email to you.  This is what I wrote on the subject, early Spring 2014: The old Windows 4-style families have come in for a lot of criticism over the years, mostly in…
  • Rob, is the idea for the STAT table to be used in coordination with the two OS/2 size fields? Will the spec for the latter be updated in this regard?
  • Katy, Are naming IDs 1–25 sufficient for display / usage in most typesetting purposes ...? Yes and no. The name IDs tend to follow technology, so when new technologies come along, new name IDs have been defined to handle them. But that, thankfull…
  • Adam, your suggested model is actually the opposite of what I proposed. My proposal was that the distributor percentage would go down as sales went up, rewarding the person who created the product that is generating so much value. I mean, the servic…
  • I will add a positive kern (letterspacing) between an f and a following space if the hook of the f has a wide overhang, otherwise it will appear too close to a following word, especially if the latter begins with a capital or an ascender. For extra …
  • Here's another idea: The operations that Adam describes involves both ongoing operating costs and regular investment in keeping them up-to-date, as well as periodic investment in significant improvement, overhaul, refreshment. But these costs and i…
  • Adam,  And this is why you share the revenue with the distributor. I think everyone understands this. The question is what the share should be, and there are aspects of the economics of the reseller/distributor model that you've not discussed. Dis…
  • Oh, and there's a copy on eBay for AU $1,117.95 
  • There are four copies of Dutch Type listed at abebooks.com but prices range between $425–$900
  • You could try a Japanese blacksmith hammer, which is designed to maximise force in a small area. European and North America hammers tend to gain surface area as they gain mass, but Japanese hammers add weight mostly in the length, concentrating it b…
  • In Old Church Slavonic, this construction also nicely relates the design of the у and the ѱ (Cyrillic form of the Greek psi).
  • Entirely different topic, Hrant. Yanone is asking about private name table IDs, not private use area encodings. [Also, that article isn't about Apple, as far as I can gather, but about a third party app. And the app seems to require that the recipi…
  • I think what you're doing is pretty safe. As the spec says, names in that ID range are font specific, so are not at risk of being misinterpreted or in conflict with other fonts or software functionality. Where the spec refers to 'a font's layout fea…
  • As mentioned in another recent thread, the most important thing in learning to design type is learning how to look and see. This is one reason why I recommend, as a first exercise in designing type, not trying to create something new but, instead, m…
  • This may be of interest: a graver that Christian Paput used at the IN that I happen to own (he donated it to the ATypI 2003 fundraising auction). The mark indicates that the blade originated in Germany. The shape seems the same as some artists grave…
  • If a user is making a specific selection of characters from within the string that constitutes the larger glyph run and applying a specific features only to that selection, then I would expect any lookups for that feature to be applied only to that …
  • Yes, failing to kern super- and subscript variants with preceding full size f, for example, can be a real disaster. Basically, any time two glyphs are in proximity to each other, their positioning may need to be adjusted, so splitting runs is inher…
  • In other words, if a user changes the lower case x-height, then the small cap height should vary accordingly. ... However, if changing small-cap height were to affect lower case x-height, that would be problematic.  Nick raises what's already beco…
  • There is no 'non-Latin' market, outside of a smallish number of software corporations with major localisation programmes and the branding needs of multinational corporations seeking consistent typographic presentation across some subset of scripts. …
  • In any case, the y transparent cap height stands at the top of this slippery slope. That parameter (sCapHeight, e.g.), is in the specification of existing OT and TT fonts. Do you think that should be a registered axis or not?  Sure, in the same wa…
  • ...now that the phases of the moon are Unicode, Zycon has demonstrated the changes to the unicode along an axis for darn near 25 years. Well, no. Addition of static moon phases — or clock faces — to Unicode actually complicates glyph display of tem…
  • Try saving different VFBs. One as a master file. Another for TTFs, a third for OTFs. I recall Mark Foley telling me that Dalton Maag maintains production VFB sources with TTF (quadratic) outlines in one layer and CFF (cubic) outlines in the other.…
  • I'm highly suspicious of any workflow that makes it difficult to control the order of lookups.