A feature unretained in digitized Didots (as far as I have seen) that I intend to retain in mine is the peculiar italic /v
, which consistently has an initial and medial-final form across manuscripts. I suspect a similar treatment may have been given to /w
, but I am still parsing through the few manuscripts that have /w to find out:
One sees either one or the other used in the modern designs (cf. HTF Didot and LT Didot; also this undated file
Having read through Arabicshaping.txt and articles on Unicode compatibility characters and on Unicode equivalence, I see that it is not so simple as designing a “/v.medi.” Would one go about this by perhaps designing the medial-final variant of the /v and that transforms into the initial /v when paired with specific characters such as a /space. I can’t help but think there’s a better answer than that.