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Why should I ever use Unicode’s special characters for Roman numerals?

This is to answer a question which arose in the comments on this question on the Unicode characters for Roman numerals: Why is this necessary or preferred over the usual way of typing ai, ai-ai, ...
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Use Matlab 2014b figures (via Inkscape) in pdfTeX

I know there are many threads related to this topic, but I still could not find a satisfying solution. Summary Matlab 2014b figures -> export as .eps or .svg -> load into Inkscape (problem is in ...
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Font shows a box with an X through it, instead of correct symbol

I copy/pasted "ˈakSH(ə)n" into a text layer, when I'm scrolling through fonts, the text shows up properly. But when I hit enter to select a font, the symbols turn to boxes with an X through them. ...
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Make a character in a font look like multiple characters of the same font

I have a free font in TTF and WOFF form. I want to create a ”multi-character”, by which I mean a character that when entered will be rendered as other (multiple) characters of that font. For example ...
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Does this Chinese font fit in with our brand?

We are about to make the Chinese version of our charity website live but I'm not certain about the font we are using. Our Chinese office say they are happy with the system default but they don't have ...
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How to evaluate the quality of a font before deciding whether to purchase it for commercial purposes?

How can a newbie to graphic design like myself evaluate a the technical design of a font before paying for it? I am unsure as to what things I need to consider and how I can test them without buying ...
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Is Computer Modern a high-quality font?

Computer Modern, a font created by a computer scientist for use with his own typesetting system TeX, has become one of the most frequently used fonts of all time, precisely because of the popularity ...
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Which geometric, rounded, Bauhaus style fonts are similar to this sans-serif 'Abeat by Kai'?

I'm building an iOS 8 app and would really like to use the font A beat by Kai created by Kai Buskirk. Font sample: This font is free for personal use but not for commercial use. I'm wondering ...
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Cant Change Font Face in CSS [closed]

I am making a Responsive Webpage Using BootStrap. That Have "helvetica neue" Font By Default. But It Doesnt Suit to my Web Page. So I Had used Custom Google Fonts. For Import: ...
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What comic / cartoon style fonts are suitable for a mobile game?

I am currently in the midst of making an iOS game. So far, I created an overall look, i.e. figures and backgrounds. However, I also have to display textual information to the user. This makes me ...
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Which features should I look at when choosing typefaces for classical, text-rich publications?

I am thinking about self-publishing some of Søren Kierkegaard's works (mainly because I realised that I can release them at a much cheaper price than what they currently cost). In order to keep costs ...
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Avenir OS Font use for Web Logo [duplicate]

The fonts I want to use for a embedded logo are Avenir Medium, Avenir Next Condensed. They are fonts part of my Mac OS that I did not install myself. When I look up their agreements online--that is ...
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Handling non-standard fonts in corporate identity

How do organizations successfully manage their corporate identity when their brand guidelines incorporate non-standard fonts? In particular, external-facing materials that are not developed by the ...
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OpenType Features - Adaptable typefaces

I have a typeface I've developed that comes in two variations, one spans horizontally whilst the other vertically. At the moment they sit as two OTFs. What I would like to do is create an OpenType ...
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Font licensing for PDF on website

I am considering buying Servus Slab from MyFonts for use in a newspaper with a "Desktop License", but since we have a website, we would like to upload the finished PDFs online for viewing. However, in ...
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How can I “font-browse” while in design programs?

I have noticed that certain applications provide a font sample when you use a drop-down to choose a new font. For example, when I'm working in InDesign CS5 I see what the word 'Sample' looks like in ...
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How to convert a WOFF2 webfont into a TTF desktop font?

Googling leads me to everythingfonts . com which is down, at least for the last two days but it may have been down for a while. Googling "woff2 to ttf" -everythingfonts has very few results ...
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Which fonts don't come with Windows 8 that would come with a new MAC?

I'm a beginning graphics designer and I currently own a Macbook Pro that I got in 2010 that is really on the fritz and basically I need a new computer. I am comfortable using both Mac's and PC's, so ...
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How to create a shadow effect like sketch

I want to know how to how to create a shadow in Adobe Illustrator, like this
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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?

Fonts can be purchased or downloaded in several formats: TrueType OpenType Postscript Type 1 Postscript Type 3 Multiple Masters I realize that OpenType and TrueType are universal formats which ...
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How do you convert a regular font such as Gotham into an outline font?

This is an example of what I mean by outline font: I would like to make an outlined version of Gotham using Photoshop.
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Odd uneven spacing between some words in Indesign, unable to adjust using paragraph styles pannel

I'm having problems as Indesign acts kinda stubborn. It keeps giving me an odd space between a word. I've tried to readjust the spacing using paragraph styles, font size, changing the font, spacing, ...
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Name for type that has the same width and height

I know monospaced type (font) means all characters have the same width. Is there a similar name for fonts where all character have the same width and height?
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Choose new font encoding

I'm about to make a new font and I'm not sure which encoding to use. I will only have latin characters + some custom ligatures + alternate versions + small capitals. Should I use ISO-8859-1 with ...
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Scrapbook Graphics

I have been using Photoshop/Illustrator to design my own graphic scrapbook logos and designs. I create my own styles from tutorials, but I do use the tools & fonts that come with the program. My ...
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12pt in Photoshop looks totally different in Web

we are creating a website right now in Photoshop and we are using 12pt for the fonts. But when we see the fonts in web with 12pt they look much bigger. It seems that we have to use 12px in web so it ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

I was going through one document and I came across this term 'glyph'. The term was new to me so looked into wiki for its definition. I felt both glyph and font is same. Am I correct? Else please tell ...
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Combine 2 Unicode letters into 1 in Fontlab Studio

Being new to Fontlab Studio 5, I'm creating a Tifinagh font using its Unicode block... I created all the letters for my font, now I need to add a ligature (if this is the right word?) to certain ...
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What things should I consider when using my own custom fonts on a client's project?

When creating printed media for a corporation/legal entity, what exactly should I consider when using my own, personally created and designed, fonts?
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Looking for small pixel font [closed]

I'm looking for a small pixel font that has western, european and cyrillic characters, something similar in look to the SMALL FONTS font found in windows (around 6/7px) It's for a retro looking ...
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I need a font similar to Press Style Serif but not as condensed

can anyone provide me with a similar font to press style serif, just not as condensed?
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Smallest Bitmap/Pixel Cyrillic font

I'm looking for the smallest Cyrillic font I can find, something similar in size to the SMALL FONTS font found in windows (around 7px) It's for a retro looking russian videogame so must be clean ...
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Identify this font or a good substitute

Can anyone identify this font (font used for the title "'Allo 'Allo") or a suitable substitute ?
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Suggestion for Alternate Font Option?

Would greatly appreciate your help. I had a freelance graphic designer create the below logo for me. It is for a higher-end real estate photography and marketing company in the Los Angeles area, and I ...
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Is there software for comparing fonts side-by-side?

Is there an application (or website) that allows you to select multiple fonts from a list and displays Lorem ipsum side-by-side for test purposes?
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What is so good about Helvetica?

For as long as I have known, a majority of designers have been beyond enamoured with Helvetica. While I can see that it's a nice typeface, I really don't understand the hype. Some research into the ...
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Dimension for very large designs [duplicate]

I'm working on a design which is to be printed and displayed on a 8ft by 2.32ft. What dimension can I use when using photoshop because I can't find any fonts that can extend that large. Thanks.
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Embedding fonts in inkscape

Does any body know what is the current status of embedding fonts into an svg file that is readable by inkscape. I find the lack of embedded fonts severely impedes portability of svg files, particular ...
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In MSWord Document, any edited letters turn to dingbats and cannot be edited on my Mac

The writer sends me Word docs (from a MAC platform). I am supposed to edit them on my MAC in MSWord. (faster than redesigning in InDesign) But if I type anything new, or try to correct any letter, ...
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Compatible fonts for English/Spanish translation

I am using text for a printed document that will have English and then Spanish translation of the English. What is the best font combination?
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Licensing a font for a clients website use?

How does font licensing work for client web usage? Currently I use typekit through Creative Cloud for fonts on my projects. Every font foundry I see charges by the page view for web fonts. If a ...
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How do I properly create a derivative work with a font licensed as SIL Open Font?

Got a font that I want to do a custom subset for on the Web - picking contextual alternates and discarding unneeded characters to help keep the file size down. FontSquirrel has a great generator, but ...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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How should I prepare my fonts to support a Chinese version of my website?

Wondering... Should I first make sure the font I selected for English supports Chinese characters as well, or after selecting any font for English then search for other font for Chinese that matches ...
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Exporting from InDesign to PDF - getting weird issues

We have a number of product brochures that we print internally in booklet format using a Ricoh MP C4503 Multi-functional copier. Our document creation process is to create the document in Adobe ...
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Photoshop wrong displaying Roboto font style [closed]

I used the Roboto font for my projects in Photoshop. I donwloaded from here http://developer.android.com/design/style/typography.html . I unistalled the old Roboto and installed the new version of ...
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How to use alternative numerals in a font?

There are two ways of laying out numerals in a font: lining figures and text or oldstyle figures. The Former has the height of a capital letter while the latter have varying heights and blend in with ...
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What would be the average value of font height vs font width?

What would be the average value of font height vs font width? If we consider common fonts, do they tend to follow a certain ratio for the height vs the width of each glyph? Is there a standard value ...
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Styles of the Lowercase “a”

I've noticed that many posters, advertisements, etc -- as well as many fonts -- use the lowercase letter "a" as shown in "figure 1". However, I've always hand-written it as what it looks like in ...
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Dharma Type license: Bebas Neue in html5-based app

I want to use Bebas Neue in my commercial html5-based game for mobile devices. My game mechanics implies the use of letters as sprites. The fact that this game is html5-based game means, that I'll ...