In constructing accented
characters with the anchor system, I am faced with this
I have eg. acutecomb, which is placed with the command "Element - Build Accented Glyphs" above the preselected glyph of the | a |.
But then I created an acutecomb.cap for uppercase, which has a different design.
However, if I do the above
procedure for an uppercase, the command still uses acutecomb
and not acutecomb.cap.
Is there a way that the
automatic positioning is done precisely with the appropriate
combinig glyphs, that is, for uppercase, .cap?
I can't remember whether acutecomb.cap ever worked for me in FF, but I checked now and it seems Acutecomb works.
After some tests, I seem to have realized that the accents for capital letters that the automatic building considers are those with a simple name, but with a capital initial. as @AdamJagosz said.
For example, when composing |A| + |grave|, you have to create the grave accent by calling it |Grave|, because the other combinations do not seem to work.
Neither |gravecomb.case| nor |gravecomb.cap| work.
If I am right, it is not entirely correct either what is stated in the guide https://fontforge.org/docs/techref/accented.html:
«So in such a font, if you attempt to build |Agrave| FontForge will build it out of |A| and |Grave| (or |grave.cap|, Not the standard | grave|).",
because only the first indication is correct, while, like those I indicated above, not even |grave.cap| is recognized.
In any case, it seems no to be a big trouble, for, as @FlorianPircher said, here there is no Unicode standard.
Although .cap originated in the context of marks designed for use on capital letters, I suppose I think of it as something like a cap stone that you put on top of something high.
The FontLab alias.dat file is plain text and pretty easy to edit in a text editor or spreadsheet. The Glyphs GlyphData.xml file is a bit less friendly to edit because of its structure, but Glyphs provides an editing tool.
The Glyphs xml file contains a lot of information about glyphs, including default names, unicode mappings, variant names, default order, decomposition, etc.
The FontLab alias.dat file is just one of several glyph data files used by FontLab, all of which can have user overrides.