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Paul van der Laan

Dat zijn rare foutmeldingen. Probeer inderdaad eerst de andere packages opnieuw te installeren. Als dat niet helpt kan ik je mijn kopie van RF sturen, die werkt prima onder FontLab 5.1.4 (4868) en Yosemite.


Paul van der Laan
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  • Re: Florin sign (ƒ)

    The /florin – as with other currency symbols – needs to work with numbers and therefore I usually design it differently than italic /f. Especially when it needs to work with lining numbers I make the descending part shorter. Also I might design the proportions wider, and place the horizontal bar on a different height than x-height.

    Here is an example of /florin versus /f from AudiType Bold Italic:

  • Re: Naming font modifications

    One reason why we always strongly advise our clients on changing the name for custom font modifications is that their use is rarely contained within the organisation/company itself.

    Third parties – such a freelance designers, printers, banner makers, web developers – need to use these fonts too. In these cases a lot of confusion/frustration is avoided if the customised fonts are clearly named differently.

    For this very reason we think it is best to add the name of the client to the font name.
  • Re: How do I set up various IJ digraphs in my typeface?

    In Dutch, a word like fijn (nice) should not use an fi ligature. It is the ij that are the ligature. My fij Standard ligature fixes that problem. 
    The Dutch /ij is not a ligature, it is a digraph which means that it is just a combination of two seperate letters.

    In lowercase the use of a connected form for /ij is rarely preferable unless one tries to mimmick handwriting. In uppercase the use of a connected form for /IJ is a nice typographical touch, but nothing more than that.

    Both connected forms of ij/IJ are better off in the <dlig> feature than in standard ligatures.
  • Re: Extracting FEA from a opentype font

    Why do you need to extract this data from the binaries if Adobe has made all the source files for this font available?

    Mark’s comment has nothing to do with copyright infringement. If you extract data from a generated font binary you won't always get the original source code. Some things, such as OpenType features, need to be disassembled.
  • Re: Best resources to learn Python in regards to font design?

    First decision is which version of Python to learn: version 2 or 3. Most font editors and tools that I know still rely on Python 2.7. Therefore it probably makes most sense to focus on that first.

    I can recommend to learn the basics of Python from the official tutorial. Just learn the basic principles of the language (loops, tests, functions) and common objects such as numbers, strings, lists and dictionaries.

    Then get to grips with RoboFab, which is a Python library included in many font software for dealing with fonts as Python objects. This RoboFab tutorial is a bit old, but still relevant for most parts.

    Hope this helps.