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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

It's a feature of that particular font design. There is no distinction between a horizontal and slanted hyphen. Some fonts such as Adobe Garamond, Monotype Goudy, Goudy Old Style (URW), have a ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

It can be confusing because often times you find out that people use the term "font" openly to refer to many things in typography. Here's a lively discussion on fonts and typefaces. Traditionally, ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

A glyph is an individual character. It might be a letter, an accented letter, a ligature, a punctuation mark, a dingbat, etc. A font is a digital file which is used to display a typeface, which ...
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Do I really need an ſ (long s) in my typeface?

Being under the illusion that I am somewhat of an expert on the long s¹, I mostly agree with your assessment. The only slight addition I would like to make are texts talking about historical texts. On ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Google's TrueType fonts Noto Emoji (284.4 KB) and Noto Color Emoji (6.5 MB) are very good.
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Open sans emoji should work Here is a link to a github repo https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji
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How can I create accented letters in a font where the glyphs look wrong?

If you do not want to switch to a different font, I see two quick and dirty options: As the font has a single ´ as a character, you can type s´ in your document and insert negative space in between ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

I know this question is a bit old but no one mentioned Emoji One It's CC-BY 4.0. As of version 3 they are no longer CC BY 4.0... You can still download the last version 2.2.7 commit here but it's ...
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Why are there so many Unicode symbols for cats?

Unicode Characters are chosen by those that are submitted to the Unicode Technical Committee. Usually the submissions are characters that are already being used. Most of the cat characters that ...
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Googlefonts: Change font only for just one character throughout the website

This part of your code... .amp { font-family: Baskerville, "Goudy Old Style", "Palatino", "Book Antiqua", "Warnock Pro", serif; font-weight: normal; font-style: italic; font-size: 1....
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How to know in which fonts a specific glyph is available?

Over at FileFormat.info «The Digital Rosetta Stone», I found a handy unicode character search engine. On the resulting page, click on the Fonts that support U+202F link, and there you have it. The ...
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How can I prevent InDesign from overriding my prime signs with apostrophes?

If the codes you write in the question are accurate, then that’s your problem right there: the Unicode character U+0027 is not a prime. It’s a simple, typewriter apostrophe, and the setting mentioned ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

There are five concepts here: Character set: maps numbers to abstract characters. Character: An abstraction of the representation of a character in the given medium. Since we're talking graphic ...
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What is the widest glyph in Arial?

﷽. Do I win a prize? (text to reach 30 characters)
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Why are there so many variations on the ampersand design?

Modern letter forms are the product of a combination of tradition, technical considerations, readability considerations, and interactions between handwriting and printed texts as well as between ...
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Why add extrema points when designing fonts?

As already mentioned, extrema are needed for font rendering and in particular hinting. To understand this, let’s at first look at what roughly happens when autohinting a glyph with extrema as anchors ...
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Typesetting in Dutch: Dijkstra vs. Dijkstra

This may be utterly unsatisfactory, but I think the right answer is, very Dutch, it mostly doesn't matter. In regular body text, the difference is so subtle that the average Dutch person will not ...
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How should I approach designing special characters I am unfamiliar with when designing a typeface?

The following is very general (the last point will explain why), but mostly based on my experience with creating several special characters (most of languages I do not speak) for a blackletter font: ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

From the article The Multifaceted Design of the Lowercase Sharp S (ß): Today there are two standard models for the design of the ß character. [...] They are recommendable for most of today’s ...
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Is this Dutch IJ ligature suitable and readable to native speakers?

That lowercase ij is awesome 😄 My first thought was, "wow, low bridge ahead" – but I had a hunch it was to fit in with the rest of descending characters, and so it does. You even use this on the ...
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Insert special characters as text in Illustrator

If you're seeing this character ☒, most likely the typeface you are using does not have that glyph in its character set, or has it assigned to a different unicode number. In which case you need to use ...
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Given a font file and the look of a glyph, how do I find its unicode code point?

All versions of Windows come with the Character Map utility with which you can browse the available glyphs of any installed font. Enabling Advanced View will allow you to filter your results by ...
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Do logotype and lettering designers use programs like FontLab, Glyphs App and Robofont?

Tools are only as good as the user using them. I can do vector drawings with notepad and in quite many ways I have better tools available in notepad than in Illustrator*. Possibly your question could ...
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Implementing the Dutch IJ digraph as a ligature

Assuming that your IJ glyph is appropriate to the Dutch eye (which I cannot tell), it should be used as a ligature for I+J by default for Dutch texts. While you can restrict every OpenType feature to ...
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How can I check if some OpenType font supports ligatures?

For ligatures to be supported in an OpenType font, two things need to be there: the actual ligature glyphs (which you can check by scrolling through the glyph table with a symbol picker etc.) and a ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

We should mention Symbola as perhaps the most free and complete face. It now has over 7000 glyphs including a complete range of Unicode code points from 0x1F300 to 0x1F6FF.
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How to input 'Registered Trademark' Glyph in Inkscape?

Open the Glyphs panel (Text → Glyphs). Select a text element. Click on the glyph you want, and click the Append button in the bottom-right. If you want it in your clipboard, double-click the glyph to ...
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How should I approach designing special characters I am unfamiliar with when designing a typeface?

Are there any official sources that describe how symbols and characters should be designed? And more generally—How do I approach designing characters I am unfamiliar with? A well-know source for ...
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Why are there so many variations on the ampersand design?

The ampersand originates from the combination of the letters E and T. The latin word "et" means "and". With two letters, and the possibilities of upper and lower case, one can see there will be more ...
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