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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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?

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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How to account for a space in OpenType ligature?

In my experience, using space in any feature (including defining context) leads to problems with many typesetting programs, as many handle the spaces themselves instead of using your font’s space ...
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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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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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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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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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Ligature glyph bearing rendered incorrectly - FontForge - OTF font

Your i.sign1 is getting -524 for LBearing and that will overlap back characters.
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How does one access optical sizes in LibreOffice?

The font family you've got doesn't include optical sizes: Pardo's family which added bold weights only uses the 12pt optical size. EB Garamond 08 is a totally separate set of fonts, which only exist ...
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OpenType Font Based On Lines Instead On Shapes

No, at least no application reading the font will not be able to do so. Now if your aim is not to engrave the result then you can still do a a font without an area using the "I" as an example your ...
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Convert OpenType font to TrueType with tabular number spacing

The Fontsquirrel Generator can turn OpenType features into default characters: https://www.fontsquirrel.com/tools/webfont-generator
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Convert OpenType font to TrueType with tabular number spacing

You won't find a tool to do this automatically, most likely. If your software does not allow you to choose tabular figures (which I imagine is the case), you would need to open the font in a font ...
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Does anyone know what happened to moorstation.org? the 90s type foundry

I still keep a complete copy of the typOasis website. The copy contains all the html pages, ZIPed fonts, articles, Koch's memorial, fontenium, etc. as in the lately closed online website. This is a ...
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