monospaced fonts are still widely used to generate output from programs.
That was addressed in the iA posting (and you will note here that I have produced an actual link, like every other Web page you’ve ever looked at, instead of pasting in a bald URL).
Programmers use monospaced fonts for their indentation and because it allows them to spot typos.
Of course they mean “indention.” But they’re German.
I have a few examples of monospaced ligatures on my Flickr, none of them entirely convincing.
As I recall, the practice in such typefaces as Palatino and Optima, where by design f never collided with i in roman, was to simply encode exactly the letters fi in default spacing in the ﬁ slot.
For “branding” purposes, the answer to your question is no. Nor should there be a “reference font” (that’s a new one to us) that “supports all of these formats,” especially given that Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, Hebrew, and Greek, all of which are capitalized proper nouns, constitute languages, not “formats.”
Multilingual typography in the same script is somewhat tricky. Across scripts it is a recipe for disaster without having on board somebody, or a team of somebodies, who are expert and accomplished.
Purely based on what you have shown us here (an ill-written request to solve your problem for you for free), you should recuse yourself from this project before you cause an international incident.
I fixed the DNS on Screenfont.CA, and it now works again.
Two of my responses in this thread have “mysteriously” disappeared. I am the last remaining lifer in the captioning business and am the only actual expert on caption and subtitle typography. But if what I write here is going to get deleted behind my back, Fabio will have to mail me directly.
Upon closer inspection, I see these two issuances from Ray:
I’ve designed a typeface based on FCC closed caption specifications.
That’s like reconstructing a human face from a driver’s-licence photograph. Ray’s contribution can be disregarded, I think.
I’m not sure what the difference between captions and subtitles is. I’ve never looked into that. I’d also like to know.
In other words, Ray Larabie designed a captioning font from a specification book and without being able to differentiate captions and subtitles. Yet my responses are getting voted down.
Do you want my help or not?