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Thomas Phinney

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  • Re: The vinyl records of font formats

    Ray: Somebody was full of shit as far as singling out Windows PostScript fonts as opposed to PostScript Type 1 in general.

    Mark is right: there was no major functional difference between Mac and Windows flavors of PostScript Type 1 fonts. The outline font file was the same data, packaged differently. Certainly no resolution difference, unless introduced deliberately by some madman.  :P

    Digression:

    Now, there *was* a difference between Mac and Windows as far as platform-specific encoding, which meant that the platform-specific metrics files (Mac suitcase, Windows PFM) could only store kerning pairs where both members of the pair were encoded on the current platform in question.

    The only case I remember ever caring about this was with the fi and fl ligatures, which could be kerned in a Mac PS1 font but not in a Windows one. But InDesign could access these ligatures even on Windows, so in theory one could get different results with Mac and Windows versions of the same font.
  • Re: Marking Copies of Fonts

    I'll just note that AFAIK, every possible technique mentioned in this thread has actually been used by at least one foundry in the wild.

    One of the major foundries used to put a license number in the metadata of every font they sold online, at time of purchase. (Not sure if they still do or not.)
  • Re: P4 grotesque - first typeface

    Although there are issues here and there, generally the curve quality is much higher than I see in somebody’s first font. Nice work.
  • Re: Home office vs. office

    I have been full-time in my home office setup for three years now. Although it has some minor drawbacks as well, overall it is wonderful.  :)  I get more time with my wife and family this way.

    One thing nobody has mentioned: hardware reduction. When I worked in an outside office I still had various peripherals at home. Now I don't need a second set of monitors and printer and scanner in another location. 
  • Re: The Pilcrow

    I vote “yes” and make an italic pilcrow. In general, my default is to make all letters slanted in an italic font. I have a specific list of glyphs to keep upright in an italic, originally based on Adobe’s practice in this area.

    Note that if a glyph is maintained as upright in an italic font, it may still need sidebearings or spacing adjustment, especially if it has an unusual vertical position (asterisk, trademark, copyright, and degree, for example).

    My list for a large font I am working on:

    asterisk
    plus
    less
    equal
    greater
    asciicircum
    bar
    asciitilde
    trademark
    copyright
    logicalnot
    registered
    degree
    plusminus
    .notdef
    revlogicalnot
    uni2120
    uni2117
    estimated
    uni2190
    uni2192
    arrowup
    arrowdown
    lessequal
    greaterequal
    approxequal
    notequal
    uni2213
    infinity
    lozenge
    integral
    radical
    uni25A0
    uni25B2
    uni25B3
    uni25B6
    uni25B7
    uni25BC
    uni25BD
    uni25C0
    uni25C1
    uni25C9
    uni25C6
    uni2610
    uni2611
    uni2713
    uni2752