This has been bugging me for a very long time.
I can't even tell you all how much I have learned about type while reading Typophile forums. I have gained a lot of appreciation and affection towards type, letterforms and designs along the way. I am a graphic designer myself, not a typographer/typesetter in particular, but my jobs often involve a lot of typographic issues to be solved. I pay a lot of attention to details, as I believe that they define the final quality of the job. And ideally I would wish to pick and purchase a special font for each job - whether a corporate id, magazine or press advertisement - to make it more unique and avoid overuse of things like Hellvetica.
And here comes the complicated part.
The problem is, my native language is not English, it is Latvian and has many diacritical marks not present in the standard Latin fonts.
As far as I know there are very few fonts that have Baltic characters. The OpenType technology has made things a little better, as in Pro versions Baltic characters are present. I purchased Storm OpenType Library and it is a pure delight to have it :). But many font design classics still don't have what I need.
The design people here get around this in two ways: either they are typographically ignorant and use the few available things over and over again (the most popular here is a selection of Bitstream fonts, but most of them are old cuts, that, having gained the knowledge from you all, look quite bad to me, and few are fit to actually typeset long texts, for instance) or they do the necessary customizations themselves. (Speaking of using the same thing many times, currently Zapfino suffers terribly from it here - it is EVERYWHERE!) I have tried to do customizations myself, but I don't have all the necessary expertise and time to fiddle around, so the quality of my creations could be better. And I always mess up kerning and stuff. Besides, I believe it is illegal.
I would want to purchase many fonts, especially now, when I am currently opening my own agency. I want to do unique, beautiful works and I need unique, beautiful fonts to go with them. But hey, most of the things I like, I can't use!
So I have two questions regarding the problem:
How complicated it is to include Baltic characters in a font and why it is not done on a regular basis now when font designers are not limited to a small glyph count per font file.
Can you please post here as many good and well designed OpenType Pro fonts as you know of or fonts that have Baltic characters included. Probably there are things I am not even aware of. I am particularly interested in fonts from Hoefler and Font Bureau currently, but everything else is welcome as well.
Sorry for the long post, so many thanks for help:).
edit: http://diacritics.typo.cz/index.php?id=42 lists the specific characters for Latvian