Fontforge issues with quotation marks

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Lucy Rose Hewitt's picture
Joined: 2 May 2013 - 1:06pm
Fontforge issues with quotation marks
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This is my first every post on Typophile! I've been building a typeface in fontforge and I've hit a problem that will most likely sound stupid to all of the experts out there, but here goes.

So I generated by font and gave it a test run. It all seems fine apart from the quotation marks (QM). How do I command them as a set? As it is, the QM on left of a word will be the default font (like Helvetica) but the right will be my typeface. I've looked it up online but I really can't get my head around it. I gather that there is some command in the Lookups section that will allow the QM to appear correct, but how do I do that? I'm so confused! I can't get my head around how one key on the keyboard can generate two different graphemes. I always just thought of them as being the same.

Any help would be much appreciated! Cheers guys and gals.

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I don’t work with FontForge, but you shouldn’t need to do anything special. Just make sure you assign the correct unicode and name values for the glyphs.

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Also, don’t try to implement “smart” quotes in your font. It’s the responsibility of end user applications to do that. It’s beyond the capabilities of OpenType anyway.

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Further:

" = quotedbl = 0022
' = quotesingle = 0027
“ = quotedblleft = 201C
” = quotedblright = 201D
‘ = quoteleft = 2018
’ = quoteright =2019

Lucy Rose Hewitt's picture
Joined: 2 May 2013 - 1:06pm
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Thank you so much! This seems to have done the trick. None of my graphemes were titled as left and right, just as quotesingle and quotedbl. You've saved me hours of tampering :)