Hot answers tagged typography
I think the best approach is to use the advanced search tool on your web font service. For example, if you're using Google Fonts, you'd search for "Latin Extended" fonts, and use "ā a" as the test text, to confirm that it contains the macron'd a in the font.
It's called a Ligature and is designed to aid in reading. You can customarily turn off ligatures via the OpenType Panel in Illustrator: You can also select the ligature and use the Glyph Panel to choose a different glyph if you'd like.
Gill Sans Nova is an remaster of the existing Gill Sans typeface from Monotype. Known improvements of Gill Sans Nova compared to Gill Sans (MT): Expands the Gill Sans family from 18 to 43 fonts (including weights that haven't been digitized before and new weights drawn by George Ryan). OpenType features such as experimental characters from historic ...
We got there in the end and I thought it was worth adding our experiences for anyone who stumbles across this post. The site we were working on was on Squarespace, using Typekit font packages. It turns out the default delivery for Typekit doesn't include the macron characters. By setting up our own Typekit and selecting "All Characters" we could get a ...
As suggested by Scott, it really depends on what the font foundry decided to name the variants. 'Book', 'Regular', 'Medium' or even 'Normal' are variants I have encountered. Variants named 'Book' may be as heavy as other foundry's 'Medium' and vice versa. tl;dr There's no fixed rule, let yourself be guided by the font face names but don't be bound by them.
Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible