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Questions about OpenType, i.e., OTF files and OpenType-flavoured TTF files

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Setting OpenType features in SVG. Getting Tabular Oldstyle figures to show up in the browser?

In Adobe Illustrator there is the OpenType panel Alt+Shift+Ctrl+T which lets us set OpenType features for fonts that support them. For example with Montserrat I can set Figure: Tabular Oldstyle to ...
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Why does a font have holes in small sizes and not in large sizes?

I am making a font. It looks fine in the editor (Glyphr Studio), but, if I try it in Word, it has holes where paths overlap in sizes to 74. In sizes from 75, it doesn't have the holes. It happens in ...
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OpenType 'calt' feature behaviour between font tyles/weights OR how to make a glyph correspond to any other font next to it?

I'm looking for a solution for my connected script font which has multiple weights in its' family (light, regular, bold) The problem: Individually, the styles work perfectly fine and letters/glyphs ...
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How to link variable font axes to characters position?

I need to build an algorithm that will automatically interpolate a variable font in the layout based on the positions of the characters in space. It doesn't matter in which software it will be ...
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How do you find web fonts with good support for the OpenType frac feature?

I'm working on a website that'll have fractions in it, and I'd like to use the OpenType frac feature to format them well. CSS provides the font-variant-numeric:diagonal-fractions property to turn this ...
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How can I "bake in" an OpenType font with selected alternates applied?

I have a font with OpenType alternates that I want to use in a program that doesn't support the selection of OpenType stylistic sets (like my game engine). For example, I may want to use the non-...
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A complete cyrillic opentype font

I am currently looking for a cyrillic font (for russian typewritting). It must be an opentype font usable with lualatex and fontspec, and must be complete : roman, italic, bold, small caps, superiors ...
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Ligature glyph bearing rendered incorrectly - FontForge - OTF font

I'm trying to modify a Burmese font "Myanmar Text" using FontForge so that it displays Latin letters with Burmese ones. Everything is fine until I realise one of the ligatures (the ligature ...
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How does one access optical sizes in LibreOffice?

I am a big fan of LibreOffice, because it is both free and powerful – powerful enough to give you complete access to all OpenType features. I am not sure whether optical sizes is something that is ...
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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
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Issue with Calibri typeface in Photoshop CS4

I have a very instersting issue with Photoshop CS4 and the Calibri typeface that I was hoping somebody would be able to help with. Certain characters when typed next to each other produce an odd ...
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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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What's the difference between OpenType vs. TrueType

I know very little about typography. What are the differences in terms of OpenType vs. TrueType? I do know that they are types of formats to render fonts (correct me if I'm wrong). Are there ...
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What's a good resource on learning OpenType?

So in my spare time I like working with fonts. During the creation process it's hard to remember all the possible features offered by OpenType at one time. What's a good resource (maybe a primer of ...
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Montserrat Issues

I need to use Montserrat for a client and when I change the typeface in Photoshop, it appears to be Montserrat Alternates. I have deactivated ALL Adobe fonts and installed Montserrat from multiple ...
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Looking for old Open Type font

I have to recreate this logo, and I have exhausted my considerable font finding resources. Judging by the OTF swashes and accents, the design looks very 80's / 90's or so to me. Possibly even 70's. ...
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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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How are fonts defined in a font file?

As of lately I have been intrigued by the world of typography, and the intricacies that make fonts better for certain things. I have been trying to study digital fonts files (the .ttf, .otf and .fon ...
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Writing text with character variations

I am looking for alternatives to hand-lettering a Comic. One attractive alternative would be building a custom font. (I'll be asking about details on that in a separate question.) However, I would ...
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How to add a contextual ligature to OpenType font, a free tool

I use Fontforge, where plain 'liga' ligatures work, but now I would like to use a contextual ligature. Fontforge does not help here, as its support for both contextual chaining and for Apple state ...
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Which glyphs to design according to the needs of a particular market?

Sometimes I make my own typefaces. Most of the fonts are very incomplete. I concentrate a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and some punctuation marks. I want to make a more complete font. But find it hard to decide which ...
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Looking for a font - random characters based on sign lettering

This is a bit of a long shot, but maybe someone here knows this. I came across this font project a few months ago that I think was based on a sign the creator kept seeing at a burger place? It was one ...
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Is it possible to make a TTF or OTF font that uses png images instead of vectors? [closed]

My problem originates in videogame development. My friend is creating bitmap fonts for our game in a PNG format. The font is 8-bit style (low res), just to mention. I have to implement these fonts ...
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How to add old style figures from one typeface to another in FontForge?

The main font that I'm using for a project lacks OldStyle numbers, and I would really like to add them from a different typeface (one whose numbers I think complement nicely with my original font). ...
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Should I be concerned about optimal font size for a particular font

I am aware that certain fonts, are designed for use at certain sizes, at least in the physical print world. They make uses of things like Ink Traps to prevent running. With type for the digital world,...
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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

First, I don't know much about creating fonts. I work with a childrens book author and want to create a font from her handwriting. This means that I have to have more then one character per letter ...
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OpenType alternate characters in Scribus

Is it possible to select alternate characters of an OpenType font in scribus? If so, how?
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Does anyone know what happened to moorstation.org? the 90s type foundry

Does anyone know what the status is of moorstation.org's type collection? There were probably hundreds of typefaces designed in the 90s on that site. It's been down for at least a month (HTTP Error ...
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Is there a way to select OpenType features in Inkscape?

Today's OpenType fonts have a lot of features included like: kerning, capital spacing, ligatures, old style figures and stylistic sets. I miss these features a lot. Is there a way to select ...
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Is attribution required while using a Google Font as a piece of art or in video?

I let all fonts I used to use when I found there was free and paid between them and the files were mixed. I started from zero to find a clear resource and I found google fonts. Then I was shocked with ...
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Why is the 'ordinals' option unavailable in Photoshop's Character palette?

It won't let me click this option and I cannot figure out why.
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Opentype feature for controlling double- or single-story lowercase "a"?

Is there an Opentype feature that controls whether the lowercase "a" glyph is shown as "single storey" or "double storey"? An article on Fontfont.com describes this feature, but doesn't specify which "...
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Type 1, TrueType, OpenType - expressivity

I remember being told that Type 1 fonts support cubic Bezier curves (start position + scaled direction, end position + scaled direction), while TrueType fonts only support quadratic curves (start ...
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Convert OpenType font to TrueType with tabular number spacing

Is there a way to convert an OpenType font to TrueType using tabular number spacing instead of the default/proportional. The online converters I have found do not have these options.
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OpenType Font Based On Lines Instead On Shapes

Does the OpenType format support letters which not consist of closed shapes but only line segmets? E.g. the capital I might consist of two horizontal and one vertical lines. So if I want to use such ...
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Some good fully-featured OpenType typeface for body text

What are some good serif typefaces for body text which have at least Roman and Italic, and support small caps, old-style figures, ligatures, and super/subscripts? (And which, it goes without saying, ...
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Create a dedicated (small caps) TrueType font from and existing OpenType font

As Powerpoint 2016 does not allow for using dedicated (prettier) OpenType small caps—but instead creates its own poorly spaced alternative—I'd like to create a dedicated (TrueType) small caps version ...
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Creating final forms with FontForge

I am working on a handwritten cursive font (latin character set) using FontForge, and wish to have glyph variants for a few characters (s, p, ...) at the end of a word, so that there is no spurious ...
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How to create opentype fonts (from mf files)?

I have a general idea of how to create fonts using the metafont programming language. Using mftrace, I also understand how to get the Adobe font metric information (.afm file) and Type1 fonts (.pfa ...
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Incorrect mark placement in OpenType font

I am designing an Arabic opentype font. I use marks for placing Harakat, I have a problem when placing character U+06D6 (small sad with lam ligature) over U+06E4 (arabic small high madda). It is ...
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Is there a standard font format that is considered best practice when creating an open source/free font?

If I want to venture into the world of typeface design, I of course would prefer to use the proper font file format. I'm wondering if there exists an industry standard for this, as well as whether ...
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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, ...
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How to account for a space in OpenType ligature?

Let's say that I want to replace the character's " ab" with a new character ("_AB"); is it possible to account for this space so that the word "cab" would not include this new character? feature liga ...
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What's the meaning of Std and WGL on Typefaces?

Taking for example the Rockwell OTF typeface. There are three "classes" inside of it: Rockwell Rockwell Std Rockwell WGL Are those particular to this typeface, or they mean something in general ...
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What is the maximum number of glyphs an OpenType Collection can hold?

If I understand correctly, OpenType font files (.otf) can possess a maximum of 65,535 glyphs. What, if any, is the maximum number of glyphs an OpenType Collection file (.otc) can hold?
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How to automate creation of OpenType features based on glyph and/or class names?

I use FontLab Studio, but if there are ways to do what I'm asking in Glyphs, I'd make the switch. I know how to write OpenType features by hand, based on the naming-conventions of my glyphs and ...
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How to get all supported opentype settings for a font?

I’m using often open source fonts from the web for my web projects. One thing I’d like to do, is activating opentype settings like ligatures or kerning (and in some cases, it would be helpful to check ...
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What does True Type Flavored means? [duplicate]

I need to work with Open Type Fonts only, as it is mandatory by my company. I used Open Sans, which is google font, and even though it says it's an Open Type font, when you click on the additional ...
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Creating Open Type font from True Type fonts?

I have a set of True Type font files which are different style of a given font. Say myfnt__.ttf -> regular myfntB_.ttf -> bold myfntI_.ttf -> italic myfntBI.ttf -> bold italic I ...
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True Type and Open Types fonts - should I install both for any given font?

Most of my fonts have both a true type and open type version. Should I be installing both for any given font, and if I should then why should I be doing is as opposed to picking one version and ...