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Convert OpenType (PostScript flavor) to OpenType (TrueType flavor)

I want to convert a OpenType (PostScript flavor) font to an OpenType (TrueType flavor) font. This is because Office Word cannot make pdf´s using a OpenType (PostScript flavor) font. To make it more ...
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Blackletter fonts supporting long s and r rotunda?

I'm doing up a document in the style of the earliest printed documents. For this, I need to find a blackletter font that supports long s « ſ » and r rotunda « ꝛ ». Are there any such fonts out ...
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Considerations when using multiple font faces (on webpage or CD cover)

I’m experimenting with fonts for learning purposes, and I noticed that using only one font type looks many times plain, but using more can easily make a mess out of my webpage and CD cover (these are ...
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How to add catchwords using InDesign

Many books before 1800 used a feature called catchwords, repeating the first word of the page at the bottom of the previous page. Wikipedia has a small article on them and there's a good question ...
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What's the term used when the first word of one page is repeated at the end of the previous page?

There's a common feature in old typography where the first word of a page is repeated at the end of the previous page, usually right-aligned on a line by itself. This book from 1759 shows this ...
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Footnote typographic conventions

Are there any typographic conventions/advice relating to footnotes? For example: When should numbers be used and when symbols? Should the footnote symbol be superscript in the body text and at the ...
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What page numbering conventions are there for front matters (prelims) of books?

When a book uses arabic page numbering, the usual habit is to treat the front cover as a page number 1, and start the book itself by page number 3. However, sometimes the front-matter of the book is ...
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Back-matter numbering

It is a given fact that I cannot number the appendicies (i.e., back-matter) in my works/book by continuing the arabic numbering from the main-matter. The reason is that the main-matter numbering is ...
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What considerations are there in designing pixel fonts?

I'm designing monospace pixel fonts for a game, and so far I've only been able to work with extremely small sizes (largest I've managed is 5x9) because those ones are the easiest to try and err with. ...
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What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags?

What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you use tracking, and if so how much. Also, how would you judged a ...
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What are diacritical marks?

I've seen symbols with accents which are often referred to as diacritical marks. But what are they exactly? How many such accents even exist? And how do current typography tools (fonts, word ...
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What's the practical difference between a 'glyph' and a 'character'?

I saw this question on the Typography site proposal and it bugged me that I didn't know the answer. I'd always treated 'glyph' and 'character' as interchangable. After reading an explanation on the ...
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What can I do with AFM - Adobe font metrics file?

I received zip containing font in .afm format. Is this some sort of source-code of a font that can be converted TTF/OTF or so? How can I actually read and use this file?
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Free font similar to Viga with Polish characters?

I'm looking for a font similar to Viga with Polish characters (Latin), preferably one from Google Web Fonts.
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Can the end of double spacing after periods be dated?

From this Slate article: Hundreds of years ago some typesetters would end sentences with a double space, others would use a single space, and a few renegades would use three or four spaces. ...
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Freely available old-style serif fonts with multiple weights

When I typeset text, I love to be able to choose from a large array of different weights (and, if possible, expansions). Having light and semi-bold variants in addition to the regular and bold weights ...
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Proper typesetting of right-to-left text in overall left-to-right context

Screenshot taken from a popular game (LetterPress), where a user has his name in a right-to-left script (which looks like arabic). This typesetting is clearly surprising, as the name is out of line ...
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Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
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How do I combine bold, italic and regular versions of a typeface so they are grouped together in application font selection menus?

In Fontographer 5, I have made more versions of the same typeface (regular, italic and bold), but they are separate files. How can I make them be one unified file and that when writing in a program ...
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Do discretionary ligatures hold any other purpose than visual?

Discretionary ligatures are non-standard ligatures such as: st and ct in Atlantica LF font Are they purely visual or is there any other reasoning to back it up? Psychological? Letter-press related? ...
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Hyphenation on many line breaks

Sometimes, word processors screw up hyphenation by hyphenating a series of consecutive lines. This just happened to me in a spectacular way:                 What's most annoying in the above case is ...
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Is this an effect or a type of font?

I have seen a lot this type of fonts (the ones in the bar). It is a relief effect or the font is just like that?
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Cognitive Science-Related Font?

Looking for fonts that have anything to do with cognitive science. E.g., a type that somehow evokes either brains, thoughts, science, biology, psychology, connectionist networks, mind, etc. Anyone ...
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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
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Text hyphenation in iOS apps

I'm not sure if there are any typography gurus here that might be able to answer this question, but I don't know where else to look. I'm looking to add text hyphenation into one of my projects, and ...
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Object > Expand on font seems to change the weight of the font

I am creating a logo for a client, I have two simple lines of text in Ai. I have duplicated the logo and moved the copy below the original so I can compare the 2. It seems that when I do Object > ...
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How do I deal with line spacing when a single descender is getting in the way?

I'm making a sign for my kids' school, and am having trouble with one detail. The primary text is "Walking School Bus Stop". This, the school name, and a whimsical graphic all go into a 3:4 aspect ...
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Should underline clash with text descenders?

CSS3’s text-decoration module includes a text-underline-position property, which specifies whether the underline should be positioned below the whole text:            or just below baseline, letting ...
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How good is the fonts.com webfont solution compared to the current @font-face standard?

I guess the title says it all. I've been successfully working with @font-face (with near-perfect cross-browser support, if you use all the hacks). However, a client really wants to use Helvetica, and ...
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How to control word-spacing in justified text with CSS?

I have 2 blocks of text that are pretty small (just under a paragraph each) and they really look better justified but the problem is that text-align: justify; sometimes adds really large spaces and ...
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How wide should the word space after nobiliary particles be? (von, de la, …)

Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)? Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?
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The role of the designer in content – should he have one and how big should it be?

I'm a designer, not a marketer, and not a writer (at least not professionally). A lot of the work I do involves working with material in a field that can be above my head. Because of that, I'm content ...
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What is a flow line in typography?

I am reading a short text on typography, which refers to the “flow line” without defining what it is. My dictionary has a non-typographic definition: flow line a route followed by a product ...
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Are there typographic methods of rendering a document traceable?

I seem to recall an anecdote on how one branch of the British government had designed a way to circulate seemingly identical for-your-eyes-only documents to a small circle of high-level collaborators, ...
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When should text figures/lining figures be used?

Many standard computer fonts don’t have text (aka “old-style”, "hanging") figures, like these: Also, basic software like Microsoft Office don’t use them by default, even when selecting a font that ...
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Baseline Grid vs. Readability

Any designer worth their salt will talk about the importance of the grid, and rightfully so. However, as I've continued to practice my trade, I've found that the baseline grid in particular doesn't ...
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Font Identification

I recently discovered this font in the July/August edition of Little White Lies Magazine. Here's an example of the font: Is anyone familiar with this font? I have used WhatTheFont to try and find ...
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What fonts are similar to Candara, but available on Google Docs?

I've got several documents using Candara that I'd like to shift from Microsoft Word to Google Docs for collaboration; which font is going to be the closest match when using Google?
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Examples of good academic poster design

Do you have any good examples of academic poster design? Most posters look exactly the same (I don't want to pick on anyone in particular), and from my experience at conferences, almost nobody reads ...
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Can FontLab edit and output a webfont without losing data?

A font vendor who shall remain nameless sold me a webfont under the premise that all modern browsers would support switching the old style figures to lining figures without any trouble. Well, by "all ...
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Hollow fonts on android

I use the typeface "Lobster_1.0_.otf" in my Android application, but the problem is, that some of the letters appear "hollow", with a black&white outline. You can see the problem on the following ...
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Can I use fleurons/hedera as bullets in a list?

I can't find much about using fleurons/hedera as bullets in a list online or in Bringhurst, but I did find several "floral heart bullets" in Unicode. Are these still only for decorative use? Would ...
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What typefaces would go well with Metalista?

Metalista is a modern blackletter font (afaik :)) designed by Suitcase Type Foundry as a tribute to "the persistency of the metal culture." What other typefaces (used as subtitles) would mix best ...
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Making ogoneks with GREP style

I followed this solution to make Polish ogoneks in InDesign through GREP style BUT every time I use it, the negative tracking is also be applied to the space or next character which immediately ...
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

I'm designing a web application which has lots of data tables with business information both as numbers (sales, hours etc) and text (product names, region names etc). What fonts are great for dense ...
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Creating a custom grid for a logo in Illustrator

I always wondered how to create a those custom grids like you can see on David Pache's works (http://dribbble.com/helveticbrands) and Igor Duibanov. I found out how to create a tangent to a circle ...
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Optimum line height in relation to font size

Is there an agreement on the optimum mathematical proportion of line height and the size of a text? And if there is, is it the same for print and web?
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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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What's wrong with Droid fonts?

I have seen on various places that people consider Droid font family with contempt. In latest Android it has been replaced with another family called Roboto. I'm interested in why is that, from ...
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Font choices for logotypes, body text and headlines

Should designers base their font choices for body text and headlines on the typeface used in the logotype (if used) to achieve brand consistency?