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A glyph /ˈɡlɪf/ is an element of writing: an individual mark on a written medium that contributes to the meaning of what is written.

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How does a font designer decide about kerning?

Designing a font is a cumbersome task as each glyph should be drawn. However, finding the right kerning is something that puzzles me. A font can have thousands of kerning, and there are even more ...
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Why glyph set of some fonts is so incomplete or inconsistent?

There might be no clear answer, but why the glyph set of some fonts is so incomplete or inconsistent? For example, Minion Pro, which is the default font for InDesign, so it seems to pretend to be a ...
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Why FontForge is less popular?

FontForge is an open source, cross-platform font editing and engineering software. As far as I have researched, it seems to be the only available open source tool in the market that has almost ...
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Illustrator not find font (glyphs) inside SVG

I make some work in Illustrator and save it as an SVG. Configurations are: As you see, I used Fonts SVG and subsettings used glyphs. Now my code look like: Now I want to change font name to custom ...
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How to recreate this overlapping stroke+type effect in Illustrator (Morisowa's "Kikukomi Number" font)

Please assume I'm a moron, and need some gentle help. So, I really like this ascending-ordered, overlapping type: I understand it to be a feature of a font by Morisowa (https://twitter.com/hamko1114/...
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Unicode 9.0 support in Indesign

I'm attempting to add the Power On Symbol (⏽, U+23FD) to a document I'm writing in InDesign. It was added in Unicode 9.0 and it renders fine in most apps. However, I'm unable to work out how to add ...
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How can I prevent InDesign from overriding my prime signs with apostrophes?

How can I prevent InDesign from overriding my prime signs (ie, "minutes" Unicode 0027) with apostrophes (Unicode 0313); and likewise the doubled forms? Primes are required for describing ...
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Font that is monospaced + slash through zeros + "web safe"

When ever character matters (code development, etc.), there is a need for a font that meets the following: Monospaced Easily distinguishes between the uppercase letter O and the number 0. (Two ...
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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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Missing diacritical marks in an Adobe licensed font

I'm designing a print publication in InDesign CC using Adobe Caslon, and the typeface appears to be missing these characters: This is how the text is rendering: Switching to a different font isn't ...
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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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SVG Glyphs with Huge Dimensions

I am using some third-party SVG music fonts for an application. The single glyphs of these fonts, are by default very huge in size. I was wondering what the reason for this could be. I can think of, ...
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Typesetting in Dutch: Dijkstra vs. Dijkstra

What is the official way to typeset the surname of EWD in Dutch? Dijkstra (i and j are two separate letters) Dijkstra (ij is one letter) (I'm not asking about English. I'm also not asking what about ...
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Font from SVGs based on Unicode

is it possible to create a font if we have all the Unicode characters for the language available in individual SVGs ? I tried using IcoMoon but the output was not as I intended. The top font is the ...
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When icons are used as glyphs, is it necessary to create them at double the intended resolution? [closed]

eg. 16x16 is the intended size, do I need to create them at 32x32 or higher for sharpness on screens with high ppi? any help would be greatly appreciated. Edit: looks like I was conflating ...
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What's the easiest way to superimpose glyphs in InDesign?

What's the easiest way to superimpose glyphs in InDesign? I'm wanting to superimpose letters from one typeface with shapes from another typeface and to regularly use them as symbols in the text. So ...
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Is there a name for smaller parts of a glyph in typography?

My understanding is that a symbol in typography is often called a glyph. There are cases when one glyph is composed of multiple "components" with space in between them, e.g. :, ;, etc. Is there any ...
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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

I was reading this version of White Fang and I noticed that the hyphens connecting words are slightly slanted to the left. I have never seen a slanted hyphen before and googling it did not yield any ...
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Convert em units to pixel in SVG

I have converted some svg fonts into paths and saved them in a svg file. I then use the paths (by referencing the paths using the xlink:href attribute of the use element) to use the converted font ...
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Whats the Tallest Unicode glyph?

Whats the tallest Unicode glyph (By the characters look). The tallest I've seen them is like the giant half parenthesis, that stretch 3 lines. Like this one: ⎝ (This font it only goes 2 lines). I'm ...
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How to globally set guides in Fontlab

I want to have this sort of thing: There's 6 horizontal lines and 3 vertical lines, to form the sort of bounding box and positioning guides for the character contours. I am new to FontLab and have ...
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Glyphs in Illustrator CC for OS X

I'm using Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud (v.23.0.4) on OS X (v.10.14.5, Mojave). Illustrator will not display the handful of Unicode characters I am trying to use (∠∢⊾⊿⦣⦠⦟⦜⦝⦞⦛⦨). As a sanity check, ...
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How do you create alternate font glyphs/characters?

I used a font recently that had alternate glyphs assigned to each character. It was a handwritten font. Like someone scanned and traced a sample of their own handwriting. And I guess to make it look ...
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How to change L and R bearings of a referenced glyph?

I created some glyphs with element → build → build composite glyph. Now, Lbearing and Rbearing are locked. How can I change the glyph’s bearings without using Unlink References?
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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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Example of free downloadable SVG font with complex curves

I am trying to learn about SVG curves and how font glyphs are built. Specifically how you taper complex curves. I'm wondering if it's the stroke that is tapered or it is a fill. I'm wondering too how ...
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Variation of proportion of non-Latin fonts

Wondering what the proportions are generally (just some rough proportions that span the spectrum) of glyphs in different non-Latin fonts. For example, I noticed that some Chinese characters are not ...
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How to Create Compound Characters Inside a Font

Wondering if it's possible to organize a font to have features such as combining characters. Basically, I'm wondering if you can design a font in a modular way so that it can have these features: ...
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The dimensions of a monospaced font

I have never made a font so bare with me if this is a beginner question. I am wondering what the dimensions are of a monospaced font. I understand that since it is monospaced every glyph has the same ...
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Insert special characters as text in Illustrator

How do I insert the ∝ symbol and other special characters in illustrator text? I tried and this is what I get instead of the ∝: I searched here about special characters, but is there a way to just ...
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How to see all chars in a font from FontForge

I have a pfm/pfb font called Chanakya which I know contains characters outside the 0-255 range eg. (\u2022 has अ). I know this because I can programmatically display the character's code:- But ...
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Why don’t catchword fonts include indefinite articles?

I’m currently browsing through a plethora of catchword fonts1, trying to find a good fit for the title on a book cover. Most of these catchword fonts contain many of the same words—some only in ...
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How to split path of characters into partial elements?

I am trying to decompose the following character into its composite strokes: Using this method, I have been able to separate the left- and topmost stroke. However, repeating it where strokes cross ...
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Failing to draw round circles in Fontforge

I'm using Fontforge to design a typeface, but I have a problem: I cannot draw round circles! :( I click the circle tool, then draw the circle in the usual fashion (holding down Shift to get a circle, ...
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font-style: oblique as a substitute for italic, and vice versa

I have a hard time trying to understand font-style during investigation of transient bugs in a SVG→PNG converter) and comparing it against rendering in browsers. Common italic fonts don’t slant such ...
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How can I access un-encoded glyphs from a font in Scribus?

When I purchase commercial fonts or I obtain quality free fonts, I find many glpyhs listed in the PDF-documentation, typically at the end, listed as un-encoded glyphs aka un-mapped. While any "normal"...
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How to create a custom font with multi-part glyphs?

I'm attempting to create a custom font using FontForge. I'm using Illustrator to generate the paths. Unfortunately, my knowledge is with Photoshop, not Illustrator. While I've been able to create the ...
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Some glyphs won't copy from Illustrator into InDesign

I'm trying to copy a table created in Illustrator (not in the screenshot) into InDesign but glyphs like currency symbol or other mutations won't copy properly. Illustrator on the left and InDesign on ...
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Small capital H with dot under

I'm working on a document with diacritics. Everything was going well until I needed to use an Ḥ (H with a dot under) as a small capital for titles in the table of contents. These titles are set in ...
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Adjusting font alignment and size

I'm in the middle of picking a font for a rather sizeable project, and we've largely landed on Migrena Grotesque. Unfortunately, the alignment of this font seems to be a lot lower, and the general ...
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Why add extrema points when designing fonts?

It's apparently import to add anchor points at the horizontal and vertical extrema of your paths when designing the glyphs of a font. Most font editors have functions to add these for you and will ...
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Kerning and alternates with "ti"

So I'm familiar with some kerning/alternates used with certain letter combinations, like "fi" being combined so the top of the f hangs down into the dot of the i. What about "ti" in a serif font? ...
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Glyphs (Font Editor): Meaning of yellow hue around alignment zone guidelines

As a first type design exercise and in order to properly learn how to use the software, I am redrawing the typeface Akzidenz Grotesk by Berthold in Glyphs. I am basing my exercise on the Akzidenz ...
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Width of unicode musical symbols vis a vis fixed width font

In my experience, the musical Unicode symbols for flat (♭) and sharp (♯) are not exactly the same width as the fixed width font that I am using, consequently columnar character alignment ...
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InDesign: creating a numbered list with custom glyphs

I'm doing a signage design in Indesign and want to use the CIRCLED DIGIT ONE, CIRCLED DIGIT TWO, etc number glyphs for a numbered list. I'm using Lato Medium. Setting a custom glyph for a bulleted ...
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How can I create accented letters in a font where the glyphs look wrong?

I’m translating to Italian an English manual for a game about 1980’s Poland and it often mentions the Solidarity movement, which is spelled Solidarność in Polish and Solidarity in the manual. Here in ...
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Is there a word for the particular usage of the curly brace, or a shape like it, to indicate part of a diagram?

Or for measurements. Consider the green things in this image: Referred here from the English SE: english.stackexchange.com/posts/365966
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Is this Dutch IJ ligature suitable and readable to native speakers?

I'm designing a display typeface and have designed, for the Dutch capital IJ digraph, a ligature that combines the "I" and "J" to form what looks like a broken "U". Here is a comparison of my "IJ" ...
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Implementing the Dutch IJ digraph as a ligature

I'm designing a display typeface and having some trouble deciding how to implement the uppercase Dutch digraph "IJ". I have designed a ligature that combines the "I" and "J" to form what looks like a ...
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Glyphs: hide & show image in background

I have placed a reference image in Glyphs in order to draw paths on top of it. Is there a way hide the image and show it again (in other words turn on and off my reference)?
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