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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

Randomness is possible.* You just have to be really smart and really dedicated to make it happen. Serious programming chops required. Most of the very natural looking handwriting fonts you'll find use ...
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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 to account for a space in OpenType ligature?

Creating a ligature that actually includes a space isn't ideal since spaces are often handled independently of your font (think word-spacing). The liga feature is for ligatures that should be used in ...
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Is there a way to select OpenType features in Inkscape?

Tavmjong Bah has implemented the font variants in Inkscape, see http://tavmjong.free.fr/blog/?p=1442. This will be available in the upcoming v0.92, but if you're impatient then you can try the ...
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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?

To add to DA01's excellent answer and to provide additional context, OpenType comes in two flavors: TrueType and PostScript. So way back in the day, when Adobe created PostScript, they defined ...
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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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How to find out whether a font is authentic?

The way you authenticate a piece of software (a font is a piece of software) is you have a receipt of purchase and a license agreement on paper stored on file. Without these 2 options its nearly ...
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How to find out whether a font is authentic?

Do you own a licence for the fonts? If so, most foundries will let you redownload a fresh, unmodified file that you can be sure is authentic. ;)
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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?

What specific advantages or disadvantages can be found in the various font formats in today's technological setting?? As you stated, today's main advantage is with OpenType being able to support a ...
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True Type and Open Types fonts - should I install both for any given font?

No, you don't need and I don't think you can install both anyway, they usually get in conflict. You need to choose one. Which one you choose depends on what you need and prefer. OpenTypes are like an ...
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OpenType Features - Adaptable typefaces

I haven’t tested this, but I this should be possible with contextual chaining substitutions. You roughly need to do the following (the details probably depend on the program you are using), taking the ...
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What does True Type Flavored means?

The Open Type format is, put simply, a standard "wrapper" for font information. The font information itself, i.e. the font outlines, can be either Truetype or CFF/Postscript, which use different kids ...
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Type 1, TrueType, OpenType - expressivity

PostScript (PS) Outlines are described with Cubic Bézier curves. TrueType (TT) Outlines are described with Quadratic Bézier Curves. Now, a Bézier curve of degree n can be converted into a Bézier ...
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What's the meaning of Std and WGL on Typefaces?

Std means "standard" and can have different meanings depending on the foundry. The difference between Rockwell and Rockwell Std appears to be a difference in symbols included as well as minor ...
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What is the maximum number of glyphs an OpenType Collection can hold?

OpenType Collections are just bundles of multiple font files. Each font within that collection is obviously limited by the maximum glyph limit, but as far as I'm aware there is no limit on the number ...
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Creating final forms with FontForge

It seems the features I need requires to generate an OpenType font, not TrueType. Am I right? Yes and no. The main difference between the otf and ttf file extensions (as usually used) is not the ...
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Creating Open Type font from True Type fonts?

While it would be possible to have several styles inside one OpenType font as Stylistic Sets, it is absolutely unrecommended and you would need to do this manually with professional font design ...
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Which glyphs to design according to the needs of a particular market?

Short answer: It's specific to the implementation. Long answer: Research the market for your typeface. Look through how Google Webfonts does charsets and the Mac keyboard implementation of accented ...
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What's the difference between OpenType vs. TrueType

The above link to Adobe, though helpful, is a bit outdated (makes references to Photoshop 6, for example). Here is the updated link for the Font Formats (True Type, etc): http://www.adobe.com/...
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Opentype feature for controlling double- or single-story lowercase "a"?

Form the list of Registered Features, you could choose: Stylistic Alternates (salt): "[...] alternate glyph designs for a purely aesthetic effect.", or Stylistic Sets (ssxx): "In addition to [...] ...
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Is attribution required while using a Google Font as a piece of art or in video?

First not all Google fonts have the same license. A quick search found the following licences (which are listed on attribution page, but there can be more): SIL Open Font License, 1.1 (OFL) Apache ...
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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

I have been working in a random replacement script and my conclusion is there are not a magic recipe with a single script, instead this, the programming must be the result of multiple scripts that ...
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Is there a way to select OpenType features in Inkscape?

A Google search indicates that others have asked as well but I'm not seeing much planned. A project did exist, and received funding to improve the text --- it was implemented already. http://www....
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Create a dedicated (small caps) TrueType font from and existing OpenType font

I was going to suggest using FontForge, which is free and open source, but it can be a little user unfriendly at times and I struggled to get this working in any reasonably easy way with a font that ...
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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

Luc Devroye has the best list I've ever seen of "random" fonts. I remember reading his paper Random fonts for the simulation of handwriting several years ago and being fascinated. In fact, I was ...
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Some good fully-featured OpenType typeface for body text

This is a highly subjective question, since what one person considers good, another might consider bad. However, you might want to take a look at Linux Libertine which has small caps, ligatures, and ...
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Opentype feature for controlling double- or single-story lowercase "a"?

Stylistic Sets would be the feature that would make more sense in a case like this, where you want to change the style of one or several characters. However, this feature needs to be coded when making ...
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Is attribution required while using a Google Font as a piece of art or in video?

I am not sure if I understand clearly what you are concerned with. Google fonts are free to use in both commercial and non-commercial projects, so you should be able to use them in any piece of art or ...
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How are fonts defined in a font file?

The main idea is Bézier curves: each glyph is stored as coordinates of the corners or places curves start from, and you have parameters describing the shape of each curve. In the image below, the ...
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