Parallel Histories

Dan Gayle's picture

Based on the handwriting, possibly, of Juan de Yciar of Spain, 1600 CE.

There are about 100 ligatures, give or take, that work right now.

What I don't know how to do is implement contextual alternates/swashes/titling alternates in a way that doesn't make Fontlab explode :) I have multiple alternates, starting swashes and ending swashes, but I don't know how to make them work.

I have them sitting there in the file listed as:

How do you get an alternate of a swashed ligature? (This e_z swash has a tail that goes up, but this one has a tail that goes down...)

I think I would like it to work with dligs etc., so that the variations are still selectable via the Opentype panel.

Any suggestions?

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ferfolio's picture

Hi there

I cant help you with I know the basic of codes and classes, but im learning.

I've allways wanted to do a script font, maybe this year i'll try, there is a historical document from my country with some intresting letterforms.

I relly like the way yours is comming out, is very faithful isn't it?
there are some letters i dont understand dough hehe, I would like to see it on use!



PS: Ive allways liked that "Q" ductus, oh, and sorry for the misspels


Dan Gayle's picture

That Q isn't even the biggest or the flashiest available! I kept only the "basic" characters for the standard U&lc. The alternates are so much cooler, but less "useable". (If only I knew how to program the dumb things in...)

Dan Gayle's picture


I need some feedback. FEEDBACK.

On the design side, by the way. I figured out the opentype coding stuffs.

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