Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [ligatures]

A ligature occurs where two or more characters are joined as a single glyph.

1
vote
0answers
64 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
344 views

Why does the lower case 'r' in Google Sans font change size depending on the next letter?

I recently switched to the GMail redesign where Google Sans is used for the subject text when displaying emails. I noticed that where a lower case 'r' is followed by a 't' - as in 'Start' - the 'r' ...
2
votes
1answer
182 views

How do I create a font that automatically uses accents and removes duplicate letters?

I am working on a special font that has to follow some rules: Two consecutive duplicate letters have to be removed. For example kk would become k. Some letters are “accents” so for example when you ...
5
votes
1answer
281 views

A font with custom ligatures (for music)?

I want to make a custom music font that can be typed in Microsoft Word 2010, but I cannot get custom ligatures to work. In Word 2010, I have in Font > Advanced the Ligatures option set to 'All'. I ...
0
votes
2answers
158 views

Photoshop not recognizing ligatures in Baskerville

Baskerville supports ligatures, as you can see in this screenshot from Word: However, in Photoshop, the ligature options are greyed out when using Baskerville: I can get the ligature to display by ...
8
votes
1answer
205 views

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" ...
1
vote
0answers
407 views

Where can I get/buy a Futura containing all original ligatures?

I tried many futura fonts and other ones resembling it. Most of the fonts I tried did not contain proper ligatures (fi, fl, fj, ft etc.) as originally designed by Renner. Can someone tell me a font ...
26
votes
2answers
4k views

Why some fonts have the 'f' and 'i' joined

I noticed today that when I type a word with the character pair fi in it, the f changes when the i is typed to have a longer top and the dot above the i is removed. I was wondering if this occurrence ...
30
votes
3answers
7k views

When should someone use ligatures?

What decisions and factors should be considered to determine when to use ligatures? Only in headings? Only in body? Purely by eye? I ask because about seven people looked over a poster design and ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I check if some OpenType font supports ligatures?

I am using two fonts, STSong and STHeiti. I want to know if these fonts support ligatures, such as f + i becoming one character, or at least having two characters nearby. I made a ConTeXt document, ...
13
votes
4answers
2k views

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? (...