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  • Re: Separate language codes for different Englishes

    Examples of the kind of things you're wanting to handle in this way, Nick?

    The only material differences between en-CA/en-US (one set) and every other form (also one set):

    • Periods and commas inside (en-CA/en-US) or outside quotation marks
      • Flowchart required for utterances vs. other quoted text†
    • Double (en-CA/en-US) vs. single at outset

    The issue I have daggered above requires human intervention in every case, hence could not be automated even if you wanted to.

    Are you also going to deal with adding thin spaces between adjoining quotation marks? How about British style in a quotation whose first word begins with an apostrophe?

    Further, in this comment I have chosen to use hyphen instead of nonbreaking hyphen. This could be argued.

  • Re: Low vision calendar company seeks a better font

    Looking at your layouts:

    1. Your heavy black lines are a problem and are not at all necessary even in a tabular calendar. Try light grey or dotted lines.
    2. The heavy black lines in what I take to be the notes field below each month’s calendar are not fit for purpose. If you absolutely positively have to produce guide lines (not “guidelines”) for this low-vision user group, use dotted lines with lots of vertical distance between them. Because remember: People are handwriting here, not printing out 12-point computer fonts.
    3. Too-tight spacing is another of Helvetica’s many deficiencies for legibility. For any substitute you would choose, increase letterspacing (not “kerning”) by a few units. I’m sure your designer knows how to do this in InDesign, which is, I’m further sure, the software he or she is using (and not banging things out in Word for Windows).
    4. I don’t think a strong black background is necessary for column headers. Why not very dark grey?
    5. Verdana isn’t a good option because it looks ridiculous in huge sizes. Many of the Microsoft fonts beginning with C, like Calibri, that are built into Windows have, first of all, been designed by members of this forum and look reasonable when set large.

    Have you tested any of these layouts or any of this typesetting with your actual users? Unless and until you do that, I don’t see the merit in low-vision persons’ buying your products.

  • Re: Forensic Fontology

    Please don’t paste in raw URLs, least of all with trackers appended.

    So-called moderators should be fixing all such postings on sight.
  • This Week in Type Has Seven Days

    That week just flew by, didn’t it?

    1. A phenomenal bit of business about repainting the name of a ship onto that ship. “It took a day to letter-space [sic] seven characters.”

    2. I need those ashes so I can dot this i.

      (“He left me for a woman who uses two spaces after a period.”)

    3. Robert Palladino, who taught Steve Jobs that typography matters, died in February.

    4. Tal Leming, whose surname my inner voice always pronounces with the stress heard in LeMans, dodges the bullet of solving the already-solved problem of fonts for “coding” by solving the problem of fonts for U.S. Soccer athletes, a lifelong goal for Tal. (Leming’s Levidéo.)

      We have discussed jersey type before. I am just going to assume the Paralympians will use the same typeface, but of course they never get mentioned anywhere ever.

    5. There’s just no way to avoid an aperçu from Spiekermann. His house is more impressive (Sowersby, who’s been there, told me so) but Rhatigan’s remains kooler.

    6. Digital Fonts and Reading (“Series on Language Processing, Pattern Recognition, and Intelligent Systems: Volume 1,” “USD118.00”).

    7. Nobody remembers inline and contour fonts from the ITC days. I just loved them growing up. Au courant thinkfluencers use colour emoji to navigate our post-Federal/‑Brim media landscape, so wood-type-redolent colo[u]r fonts are self-evidently next. They aren’t SVG.


    8. “By reverse engineering, we can determine the following characteristics about the standard Emoji font on iOS and OS X.”

    9. help me” (“[f]ind the differences between Myriad and Frutiger”).


    11. “ ‘Excellens’ is the first font totally created using Microsoft EXCEL 97” (caps in original).

    12. I guess we’re back with Spiekermann: “He only deserves Arial.

    13. Richard Ishida (op. cit.) still doesn’t have his utility back up that lets you paste in a string and get back a list of every Unicode character in it, but Babelstone’s has been there all along. (Tim Whitlock’s Unicode Character Inspector has better type.)

      And just as I mishear “Leming,” I constantly mistype “Unicide.” (“You have selected REGICIDE.”)

      (Unicode ⒸⒶⓀⒺ ∕ ⒼⒶⓉⒺⒶⓊ Unicode.)

    14. Alcuin Book Society Awards 2015 homepage superhelpfully lists the designers, authors, and publishers of winning books (without a canonical URL). And that’s all it does.

    15. Probably need another piece on Johnston Sans. Meanwhile, the Toronto Star achieved the impossible by publishing a thorough, technically accurate profile of Rod McDonald. And you know how important technical accuracy is to us, much more so than adequately encapsulating a human persona, which Katie Daubs’ article also succeeds in doing.

    16. Courier (also dachshund [not Dax]).

    17. Are you jaded about and bored by the wonderful Web pages designers produce for each of their new typefaces? You can’t keep up, can you? A lot of the time, you have no idea what some piece is typeset in, do you? But you used to be able to ID every font on sight, did you not? You were king and/or queen of all you surveyed.

      You were younger then. You remember inline and contour fonts.

      Well, you now have a new purpose for living, because even in this post-JustLefthand/‑ErikRighthand media landscape, Manu brilliantly fills gaps jaded bored typophiles did not know existed. (No dachshund.)

  • Re: This week in type: WHAT IS SANS SERIF?

    Vanilla chokes on emoji.