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Kent Lew

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  • Re: How do I set up various IJ digraphs in my typeface?

    If the glyphs are meant to represent the Dutch digraph and will be encoded as U+0132 and U+0133, then you should probably name them as IJ and ij. Any variants of these, then, would be named IJ.suffix and ij.suffix.

    You kept referring to “ligatures,” so I used example names accordingly.
  • Re: f/hcircumflex f/hbar pairs: kerning, ligatures or nothing at all?

    My linguistic investigations have not so far uncovered any instances of Latvian or , Slovak , or Marshallese combinations. (But, of course, I can’t promise they don’t exist out there somewhere. ;-)

    You will, however, find combinations in Slovak.

    Of course, the advantage of some kind of contextual f to form a naturally harmonious interaction is that you don’t have to worry so much about specific linguistic likelihoods (unlike fixed ligatures).
  • Re: How do I set up various IJ digraphs in my typeface?

    [off-topic] P.S. Martin, why does your Catalan ldot have a dot accent *above*?
  • Re: f/hcircumflex f/hbar pairs: kerning, ligatures or nothing at all?

    Not sure the fĥ combination is a practical concern. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t really occur in Esperanto. (It would be pretty difficult to pronounce phonetically.)

    For the Maltese fħ, do you have a contextual short f for use with narrow accents that you could sub in? If not (or if it doesn’t really look good), then you could probably just make a component of your f_h and throw a bar on it.
  • Philippine piso symbol U+20B1

    I’m wondering if anyone has any native perspective or practical insight regarding the Philippine piso currency symbol (₱).

    The Unicode nominal representation features a double strike, and that is the most common form in fonts that I see. Occasionally, you find a single strike.

    The biggest challenge comes as weight increases. Common strategies include using disproportionately thin strikes or eliminating the segments that cross the counter above a certain threshold. I don’t find either terribly convincing, personally. Using a single strike presents fewer difficulties, obviously.

    Does anyone have insight into native preferences regarding double- versus single-strike.

    I am unable to find many images of the symbol in use via internet search. My go-to for examples of currency symbols in use are usually postage stamps or restaurant menus. Nearly all Philippine examples I can find use just a P abbreviation. Even documents from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines, the issuing agency) seem to use only an abbreviation, not the symbol.

    I managed to find one stamp that featured the symbol — a single-strike.

    I would be grateful for any perspective that goes beyond mere speculation.