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Polynomial simply means consisting of several terms, as opposed to binomial consisting of only two terms. In most cases, kerning is the spacing between pairs of characters (binomial). It is however possible and useful to apply kerning based on a larger string of characters (polynomial). This is called contextual kerning. (As far as I'm aware, the term ...


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The prefix of nomial refers to the number of glyphs taking into account when determining kerning. Hence a binomial kerning table employs kerning pairs, while a polynomial kerning table considers kerning triplets, quadruplets, and so on. While this choice of words is somewhat justified by the Greek origin of binomial and polynomial meaning consisting of two/...


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Yes, these types of font are called Open/Libre fonts (not to be confused with OpenType font file format). The principles are the same as Free Software/Open Source Software. Some of these fonts are distributed in many popular Linux distros, e.g.: Liberation licensed under SIL Open Font Licence Droid and Roboto licensed under Apache License (these are ...


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Combining characters and positioning OpenType fonts have a Glyph Positioning table (GPOS) which is used to provide precise control over glyph placement for sophisticated text layout and rendering in different scripts. The GPOS table can position glyphs in a number of ways. From the Microsoft OpenType Specification: The GPOS table supports eight types ...


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The only way to download Apple's San Francisco font is from the Apple developer website: https://developer.apple.com/fonts/ The font isn't licensed for any general use at all. Only paid members of Apple's developer program are allowed to download it and are only allowed to use it for screen mockups, nothing more. If you aren't an Apple developer you're ...


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Many typefaces come in different variations, some may not be noticeably different at all. A lot of typefaces are released by a number of different foundries. The font may even just be in a different format with different naming. So the font you have may be a different variation of the same typeface, or it may even be the same typeface from a different source ...


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The article doesn't give you any formula or action to take with the alphabet length once you have it, it only states that is affects the optimum column width but suggests determining column width by word or character numbers. So, if the only reason you want to measure your alphabet width is because of that quote in the article, there's no need. If you do ...


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Illustrator: outline type, create shape in angle, pathfinder, than clean up and save.


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See also Glyphtracer: Glyphtracer takes an image of letters. It detects all letter forms and allows the user to tag them. They are then vectorised and passed on to Fontforge for fine tuning. https://launchpad.net/glyphtracer



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