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Isolated > medial substitutions in FontForge

I've been working on a font for a fictional language (Ta'agra from Skyrim) and I'm having issues getting the substitutions to work. It's supposed to be written similarly to Arabic where each letter ...
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How do I make sure the unicode box drawing characters work properly in my font?

Unicode has a set of characters for drawing simple graphics. Here is an example from Wikipedia: ┌─┬┐ ╔═╦╗ ╓─╥╖ ╒═╤╕ │ ││ ║ ║║ ║ ║║ │ ││ ├─┼┤ ╠═╬╣ ╟─╫╢ ╞═╪╡ └─┴┘ ╚═╩╝ ╙─╨╜ ╘═╧╛ There ...
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All superscript (and subscript) font

Background I am creating an app with React Native which needs to be able to display super/subscript. For some reason, there is no way of doing this on Android because the View cannot be nested in the ...
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Create metric-compatible font

How can I create a font that is metric-compatible with a commercial font? I don't need actual glyphs, just rectangles that will preserve the document layout. What properties are important? Advance ...
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Comparison chart for glyphs that work in MS Word, Illustrator, InDesign+

I want to buy some fonts and ran across an excellent comparison chart for the advance glyphs and ligatures available in the various programs such as Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and so on. ...
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What font is Firefox using for `system-ui`?

I'm trying to work out what font my Firefox is using for its system-ui CSS property value, which is used on pages that specify system-ui in their font stack (specifically, I first saw it on my ...
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Hoefler Text non-breaking space is too wide

In Pages on MacOS, Hoefler Text has very wide non-breaking spaces: As you can see, in other fonts, the non-breaking space has the same width as the standard one. In Hoefler Text, it is 3 times wider. ...
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What is the name of the font used by Dymo machines?

I've done some Googling and come up short. I'm looking for the name of the font used in Dymo labelling machines like this. I'm after the original font (and preferably on OT version) used, or on which ...
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How to see custom ligatures in a font file?

I'm looking at a popular programming font Fira Code that has a ton of custom ligatures, for combinations like >>= or !== that are not part of Unicode standard. If I install the font and use it ...
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What is the best way to convert text to outlines?

I know convertthis is horrible and I cringe every time the printer asks. However, my team builds our files in InDesign and supplies print PDFs. The printer opens the PDFs in Illustrator or a program ...
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Modifying a monospace font (fontforge)

I am attempting to swap out the numerals in an existing monospace font (ttf) with some from a different monospace font (also ttf). I can't seem to get fontforge to export a mono ttf though. Even ...
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Apple's iOS Design Resource Library -- Apple supplies wrong font?

I've been using Apple's iOS Design Resource Library in Adobe XD, and have Apple's official SF font installed. The problem is that when you open the library in Adobe XD it complains that the SF font is ...
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About the ICA Suffix in Some Morisawa Fonts

The Japanese type foundry Morisawa offers some typefaces whose names end with the suffix "ICA". Clearly, it is not a foundry name suffix. Also, judging from the fact that most (I think) of those fonts ...
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Is there an dynamically changing font?

Just had this idea, and thought to post it here to get an answer as to its existence. I'm thinking something that isn't perfectly monospaced/spaced, but as you type it organically lays out the font ...
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What is the name for numbers fonts that contain descender and ascender?

I have seen this kind of Numbers in some publications, It looks betters in the text of body, but I don't know the name or how to get them. I am not talking about a specific font family but rather the ...
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Why does the same font look different in different browsers and applications?

I've noticed that the same font can look quite different depending on the browser or application: to the extent that it might look nice in one browser but quite terrible in another. Here's a ...
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Create letters similar to old ones

Alert: Amateur asking a question! I've got a job where I have to make copies of old letters that are engraved in on headstones. Often these letters are old and don't exist in any font Library. What is ...
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Selecting glyphs of font based on previous and next char, aka "continuous ligatures"

I'm currently thinking of designing a new font prototype, whose specificity is to adapt each glyph based on the previous and next character. The idea is to split each glyph in two parts, "left&...
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Typeface identification: Garamond variant

Problem I’m trying to identify the precise typeface used in the following document: Context and current state of my investigations I know this document was generated using LaTeX; unfortunately I do ...
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How to reduce space between text lines?

I set the number in red rectangle to zero, but the space between lines is still large. Is there a way to do more? The font is Libre Baskerville.
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Is there a Mayan Hieroglyph font or complete icon set somewhere online for free?

I am looking for the icons/glyphs from here: The only thing I could find was this Mayan Hieroglyph font, but having looked at it briefly it looks like it only supports letters. I haven't learned ...
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How to make all font glyphs more bold automatically in FontForge?

Take for example this Tibetan script: This, and every font I have found online for Tibetan (except for Google Noto) does not come in bold. But some I really like the shape of. I was wondering if ...
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Convert SVG fonts to SVG shapes/images

I am dealing with an SVG font. Can I extract font glyphs from these font definitions as normal SVG images and/or shapes, and use those shapes in my application? The specific SVG font I am using is ...
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Is there an easy way to establish which Variation Sequences a font supports?

I am looking for a method or a script that would allow, on a large scale, determine the Unicode SVS and IVS supporting capabilities. For instance, I’m in need of a font supporting a Moji Joho sequence ...
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Does anyone know what this font is called?

I've tried uploading the above image to a few font finder websites but am not able to find the exact font. I found this on a Youtube video.
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Modifying fonts with Gimp

I am using the Papyrus font in a banner and I would like to make the font darker and thicker without going as dark as Papyrus Bold. Papyrus Bold seems to loose the feel of papyrus which is caused by ...
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FontForge: how to blend cursive letters?

I'm working on a shorthand font, which requires anchoring each letter to the next because of the absence of any baseline. When I check my anchors though, I see that the letters are properly placed ...
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How a font glyph looks when defined as a compound contour for TTF

I am trying to understand the concept of contours as it relates to True Type Fonts (TTF). It isn't very well described, so I wanted to take the following drawing as an example. Specifically I'm ...
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Figuring out the Ligatures/Kernings of a Font

There are ways to measure text in the browser, taking into account the font size. However, you could get a performance improvement if you only measure the different characters, and then you combine ...
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Should a typographical scale refer to line-height or to the font-size?

First of all, I want to apologize to any serious typographers for using the names of css-attributes instead of proper names. With "font-size" I mean here the defined font-size as one would in css (...
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Can't get my cursive font to connect fluidly (FontForge)

I've made a cursive, Arabic-esque font in FontForge and everything works great, but the letters don't quite connect right, there's almost always a little gap. I've tried messing with kerning and ...
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New line errors in FontForge

I've been creating a fictional, Arabic-inspired font in FontForge using a Latin keyboard. I've only been able to get initial contextual substitutions to work by starting each line with a space. This ...
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OTF fonts in InDesign

I downloaded Lato fonts from the Lato website (specifically version 2.015) and installed them onto my machine (Windows 10). Yet InDesign still says that I am missing many Lato fonts: But they're ...
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match font Metrics Ascend/Descent with General Ascent/Descent

Browsers display an additional spacing around the text elements. Refer to this question to see it in action. How much spacing it is added, is determined by HHead Ascent and Descent values as stated ...
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How can I tell FontForge to work with Korean characters instead of Latin/English?

I'm using FontForge to convert otf fonts to ttf, it works fine if I'm working with "Latin/English type characters" but when I'm working with Korean the resulting ttf includes none of the characters (...
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Please help identify this font similar to Venus Rising

I used this font a few years ago, but I have lost the source docx file. I suppose it is a free font, since I used LibreOffice on Linux while creating this title plate with it. I already have tried ...
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pdf: are CID Type 0C fonts better than Type 1 fonts?

For years, I took care to only have Type 1 fonts in the PDF produced by LaTeX. Now switching to LuaLaTex, I realize that LuaLaTex uses by default "CID Type 0C". Example output of pdffonts: name ...
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Opening pdfs in AI without converting type to outlines

I've got a lot of pdfs that I need to open and edit in AI. All the pdfs were created on the same computer, so all fonts are available. However, while some pdfs open ok, others open with the text ...
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How do I create an emoji font?

I've got some svg/ai files that I'd like to turn into an emoji font. Is there a way to do this? Every time I try to import into FontLab, it only imports as a black and white glyph.
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How to center a text label without much movement when it changes?

I have a text block that I need to center horizontaly, however when it changes, it moves a bit, and I don't quite like it. A similar counter in iPhone countdown app somehow manages to avoid this ...
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How to make dashed font?

I am completely new to graphic design and I need to make dashed Cyrillic letters. The file needs to be in '.ttf' format for the end result. I am attaching a reference picture to what I mean by 'dashed'...
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Fonts- Build glyphs in FontForge or Illustrator?

I'm looking to build a font as a hobby project. I have an intermediate working knowledge of Illustrator, and no working knowledge of font software, but I'm looking at using FontForge. I want to set up ...
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differences between Helvetica Neue and Monument Grotesk

I usually can spot at least a few difference between Helvetica (or Helvetica Neue) and another font. The a and r are usual suspects but I am struggling to see any difference at all between Monument ...
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Should I put a hyphen in “sans-serif”?

If i am describing a font and i say «it is a sans serif» should i put a hyphen in sans-serif or not? A random amount of googling suggests that both with- and without-hyphen are used, and each one ...
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How to use Glyphs 3 to set the lowest y value of a character set to the descender (i.e. size to fit)

I've bought the licenses of a few fonts to put in an app I'm making like this: You can see that there is a lot of excess space at the bottom and the font is quite small. So I downloaded the free ...
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Strange bug with Cambria and text variables

I was typesetting a document using Cambria as the main font (don’t ask me why). Then I have noticed a very peculiar bug that almost ruined my whole work. Below I explain step-by-step what I have ...
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FontForge / Mac's Font Book - Rearrange font family order

Is there a way to change the font weight's order through Font Forge? WhenI downloaded Aktiv Grotesk, each font weight was its own font. I used Font Forge to merge them all into one font family.
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Is there a Hindi (Devanagiri) Font style that matches - Impact, Oswald and Anton - (Latin) fonts?

I tried searching for a Hindi (Devanagiri) Font that matches the consdensed bold style of famous Latin font - 'Impact'. Please let me know if there is a bold condensed font like the above for ...
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Leading for SourceSerifPro

[Edited] Are there any fans of SourceSerifPro here? I'm using it, and am thinking it needs a little extra space between the lines than what my software selects by default (11/13.6 pt), but I don't ...
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Single incorrect glyph when exported to SVG at smaller font size (Illustrator CC)

I'm trying to export an SVG for web use from Illustrator and for some reason the o in this font family (Bilo) refuses to play nicely. This is what it looks like inside of AI. The larger text is 22px, ...