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Mark Simonson

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  • Re: Is it ok to call a "typeface design" the UI of a font software program?

    When answering licensing questions, I tend to use the terms font (the name and associated visual appearance) and font file (the thing you install, i.e., the software). From the point of view of a font developer, font and font file are redundant, and we tend to use the term typeface for the first thing and font for the second thing. But colloquially, I think font and font file is how users think of it, or at least makes more sense to them if they haven't thought about it. Caring about the distinction between typeface and font has become an internet joke. Most users know what a file is on a computer, so I think it works, and is easier than trying to correct or educate multitudes of users.
  • Re: What are 'true italics'?

    Sounds like Steinert didn't take him seriously when he objected. Apologized later, but too late to change it.

    I think it's possible that this cursive sans italic trend will be looked back on as a fad. Particularly cases like this where existing designs are retrofitted with them.
  • Re: Anti-Ink-Traps

    The ones that stick out I've heard called light traps.
  • Re: Bold spacing and kerning rules

    What Thomas said, but I would add, these things are usually determined by eye, not by applying a mathematical formula.
  • Re: Aspects of quality for a typeface

    There is a problem with that approach. Many apps have a small caps button or command. If the font includes small caps, they are used. If they don't, the the caps are scaled down. Your users will need to know to ignore the small caps function and change fonts instead.